You’re cordially invited to participate in a musical extravaganza as composer Matthew Coleridge teams up with the Bradford Cathedral Choir for a unique ‘Come and Sing Requiem for Palm Sunday’ event.

Scheduled for Sunday, 24th March 2024, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, this special occasion will feature a workshop where attendees will master the art of singing Coleridge’s ‘Requiem.’ Notably, this composition earned its place in the esteemed Classic FM Hall of Fame’s top 100 in 2023, securing Coleridge as the second youngest composer on the list and the 10th highest living composer overall.

The highlight of the day will be the performance of the learned piece at a special Palm Sunday evening service, commencing at 5 pm. The event will be co-directed by Matthew Coleridge himself and the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Graham Thorpe.

Matthew Coleridge, composer, says; “This is something I’ve been doing for about 3 years now. Singers come and spend the day learning the Requiem before I conduct them in a concert performance in the evening.

“It’s quite a thrilling way to learn a piece of music, but you feel the excitement and confidence growing throughout the day, and by the end of the evening concert everyone’s exhilarated.

“It started out quite modestly, but word seems to have caught on now so you can usually expect getting on for 200 singers in the choir, so it’s a really fabulous sing.

“I’m excited to be coming to Bradford Cathedral. I think it’s quite special to have a composer teaching you their own music – you get some unique insights into how the music came to be.

“You’ll also be amazed by how much we get done in such a short space of time. And of course you’ll get to sing alongside the cathedral choir in a memorable performance.”

Anthony Gray, Bradford Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, says; “We’re delighted to be welcoming Matthew Coleridge to Bradford Cathedral to lead this year’s Palm Sunday Come and Sing alongside the music staff.

“Matthew’s Requiem is a powerful and evocative setting, employing the full breadth of musical abilities of a choir, organ, soloists and cello (for which we’ll be joined by Skipton Camerata’s Doug Badger).

“Having welcomed Matthew to St Wilfrid, Harrogate in 2022, I know what a powerful, moving and fulfilling day this will be for all involved, and we’re hugely looking forward to it being an excellent start to Holy Week 2024. Do sign up and join us!”

The event, which takes place at Bradford Cathedral on Palm Sunday, 24th March 2024, starts with the singing session from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (registration from 1 pm), with tickets priced at £10 (+ booking fee). Tickets can be acquired from coleridge-requiem.eventbrite.co.uk or by contacting the Bradford Cathedral office on 01274 77 77 20 (Mon – Fri, 9 am – 2:45 pm). The fee includes refreshments and scores.

Furthermore, everyone is welcome to attend the liturgical performance on the same day at 5 pm. Entry is free, and places can be reserved at bradfordcathedral.churchsuite.com/events/pu2wa9tw or by contacting the provided phone number. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a memorable musical experience and kickstart Holy Week 2024 with a melodic celebration.