Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Requiem Choral Workshop @ Dorchester Abbey
Thursday 19th August '21

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of socially-distanced music-making in historic Dorchester Abbey.

Spend the day learning his "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer.

Matthew is a charismatic and engaging workshop leader, whose music has been known to reduce choirs to tears! He'll be joined by organist Laurence Caldecote, acclaimed cellist Sarah Gait, and soprano Emily Hicks.

** COVID and social distancing: we are planning for this to be a socially-distanced event, with singers in the nave of the church seated at 1m distances. Audience numbers will be strictly limited. **

"A glorious piece to sing... a lot of us were in tears by the end of it"

Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

Dorchester Abbey Matthew Coleridge Laurence Caldecote Sarah Gait
Booking info

Workshop ticket £20

Singer ticket with loan of vocal score on the day

Workshop ticket £27

Singer ticket with advance purchase of vocal score (includes p&p)

Audience tickets £5

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance. Numbers will be very limited, and tickets must be pre-booked.

On the day

Getting to Dorchester Abbey

High St, Dorchester on Thames, Wallingford OX10 7HH

  • Set on the banks of the Thames in a picturesque Oxfordshire village, Dorchester Abbey is a vibrant and historic church with an enviable reputation for classical music performances.

  • By Car

    Dorchester on Thames is a 10-15 drive south of Oxford, off the A4074. It is within easy reach of Didcot, Abingdon, Henley, Reading, Newbury, Aylesbury, High Wycombe.

    Car parking facilities will be available at the nearby sports ground.

  • By Rail

    Nearest station is Didcot Parkway.

Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey images courtesy of flickr: Pe51ter Chapman and various Creative Commons sources.

The performers
Matthew Coleridge

Matthew Coleridge

Composer and conductor Matthew Coleridge (b.1980) is an exciting voice in the British choral music scene. His first choral composition - the Corpus Christi Carol - was recorded by a cappella group The Queen's Six, appearing on the cover CD of BBC Music Magazine's Christmas edition in 2015.

His highly melodic and very approachable compositional style often blends elements of plainsong and medieval music with shimmering modern harmonies - weaving simple melodic lines into rich tapestries of sound.

Requiem (composed 2014-15) was hailed by the late Sir Neville Marriner as "a valuable addition to the 21st century choral repertoire". Is is regularly performed by choirs across the UK, and overseas.

Matthew's 'Requiem in a Day' choral workshops are very popular amongst choral singers, giving them the opportunity to sing this wonderful piece in some of the UK's most prestigious church buildings.

Laurence Caldecote

Laurence Caldecote - organ

Born and educated in the Home Counties, Laurence started piano lessons age 4, cello lessons age 9, and organ lessons age 11. He held his first organist post the following year. Having studied music composition with Robert Ramskill at Coventry University, he graduated with a 2:1 in Music Composition and Professional Practice. While at university, he was Organ Scholar at St. Nicolas’ Nuneaton, and stayed on to serve as Associate Organist until 2017.

Since January 2018, Laurence has held the post of Assistant Organist at All Saints’, Northampton, and is an experienced accompanist, specialising in choral accompaniment and work with solo vocalists. He studies the organ with Richard Brasier in Upminster, and previously studied with Dr. Martin Moxham, Geoffrey Holroyde, Tim Campain, and Kerry Beaumont.

He is an active recitalist, and has played venues in the UK, Norway and the USA. As a teacher, Laurence specialises in improvisation. He is also an accomplished pianist as well as an active and published composer; his choral music is published by Chichester Music Press, with some psalm chants published in a new volume entitled ‘Cantica Novum 2’. His organ compositions are available to buy and download from sheetmusicplus.com.

Laurence is a member of the Royal School of Church Music’s committee in the Northampton and Peterborough area. In his free time, Laurence enjoys swimming, walks in the countryside, photography and reading about the political and architectural history of Britain, especially churches and public buildings. A member of the National Trust, Laurence enjoys visiting the properties and the surrounding areas.

Sarah Gait

Sarah Gait - cello

London-based cellist Sarah Gait recently completed a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of professors Guy Johnston and Robert Cohen.

Originally from North Cumbria, Sarah previously graduated with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree from the Royal Northern College of Music. Sarah has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across Europe and the UK, including for BBC Radio 3’s Live in Concert and on Italian Radio 3.

She has featured in Classical Music Magazine and works to promote the role of classical music with young people, currently appearing as Ambassador for the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme.

Sarah is grateful for the support of generous individuals and charitable foundations, including the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, EMI Music Sound Foundation and BBC Fame Academy. She is also the recipient of prizes including the BBC Proms Young Composer’s Competition, RNCM Weil Prize for Chamber Music, JRNCM Director’s Prize, prize-winner in the RAM Jacob Barnes Prize and RNCM Rosamond Prize (winning performance), and a recently announced finalist of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards.


Choral workshops

Requiem in a Day workshops

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in some of the country's most inspiring cathedrals, abbeys and churches. All events are directed by the composer.

Milton Abbey © flickr/johnelamper

Milton Abbey
Aug 12th 2021

New music workshop on Matthew's latest major choral work. There are few better places to be in August than this spectacular Abbey set amongst Dorset's rolling hills.

Dorchester Abbey © Peter Chapman

Dorchester Abbey
Aug 19th 2021

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the picture postcard village of Dorchester-on-Thames, with an evening performance conducted by the composer. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine!

Romsey Abbey © Jack Pease

Romsey Abbey
Sept 4th 2021

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the Romsey's spectacular Norman abbey, near Southampton.

Exeter Cathedral © Jack Pease

Exeter Cathedral
Sept 25th 2021

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem with over 200 singers in one of Europe's most spectacular Medieval cathedrals.

St Mary's Warwick © flickr/jpguffogg

Warwick - St Mary's
Oct 2nd 2021

Come and sing in one of England's finest parish churches - the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick. With Oliver Hancock (organ)

Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral
Oct 9th 2021

Join Matthew and professional orchestra the St Woolos Sinfonia, for the Welsh premiere of Requiem, in the wonderful Cathderal of St Woolos Newport, South Wales.

St Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Nov 13th 2021

Come and sing Requiem in one of Yorkshire's most spectacular churches, the vast Gothic Revival church of St Wilfrid. With organist Anthony Gray.

All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

Bristol - All Saints, Clifton
Nov 20th 2021

Come and sing Requiem in one of Britain's most striking modernist churches, and the amazing acoustics of All Saints, Clifton.

Cirencester Church © J. Hannan-Briggs

Cirencester - St John the Baptist
Feb 26th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in a breathtaking Cotswold church!

St Cuthbert's Earls Court

March 12th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem one of London's finest churches - the Victorian masterpiece St Cuthbert's, Earls Court.

Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
July 9th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful Blackburn Cathedral, home to one of the best acoustics (and pipe organs) in the North!

Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey
July 16th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the glorious acoustic of Pershore's superlative Abbey church.

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Sept 17th 2022

Come and sing in the stunning Arundel Cathedral, in one of England's most picturesque towns.


A valuable addition to the 21st century choral repertoire
Sir Neville Marriner

This was no ordinary 'come and sing'! A work of exquisite beauty
Music in Portsmouth review, 2020

You are a true tunesmith - well-crafted and inspiring music!
Dr David Price - Master of the Chorister, Portsmouth Cathedral

Beautiful... I find myself entranced by the openness of this music.
Paul Carr - composer

A glorious piece to sing - a lot of us were in tears by the end of it
Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

A singular voice - and that is an exceedingly rare thing!
Michael McGlynn - Anúna

A joy and privilege to sing this most beautiful piece of music under the direction of the composer himself
Heather Harvey - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

Thank you for a wonderful day. You were so encouraging and patient. I can't imagine not singing your Requiem again. I absolutely loved the day!
Monica Kent - Louth workshop 2019

We were enthralled by the pure beauty of your Requiem. Parts of it were quite exquisite and we loved the fact that you, the composer, were directing us with such skill and clarity of conducting. Thank you so very much for a phenomenal day
Jeanne Apsland - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019