The Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir Repertoire

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The Choir’s repertoire has naturally been inspired by the English Cathedral tradition and the music that has been set for the Eucharist, Matins and Evensong services in the Anglican Communion.

Typically the music we sing is for four voices (SATB) and in many instances the Choir is divided into two, traditionally known as Decani and Cantoris — this arrangement is nearly always adopted for the singing of the Psalms.

For Matins and Evensong services the Preces and Responses, which are sung antiphonally by the choir and a cantor, are an integral part of the service and we use more than 12 settings composed over the last 400 years.

At Matins we sing settings of the Te Deum, Benedicite, Benedictus and Jubilate, and on occasions Plainsong may be used.

For Evensong the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are an integral part of worship and English composers from the time of Elizabeth I have set these words to music. We have more than 50 settings in our repertoire.

For the Eucharist we sing a Mass, while Anthems feature in all services and provide an opportunity to explore music of all ages, nations and languages.

At Festivals we also sing complete works, such as the Requiems by Duruflé, Fauré and John Rutter.

For Charity concerts we may sing madrigals and part songs too!

If you would like to see a complete listing of the 400 works we have sung over the last 9 years then click here .

You can also hear some music extracts on the music player on this page — just click on to listen.

Also the choir recently sang at a service commemorating the anniversary of the death of King Richard III on the 22nd August 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Fields. The work by Graham Keitch entitled “In memoriam; Richardus Rex” can be heard here on YouTube.

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The choir singing a Palestrina motet Sicut Cervus

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Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir

Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset, UK

President Lady Gass DCVO

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