Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Requiem Choral Workshop and Performance @ Exeter Cathedral
25th Sept '21

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of music-making in the superlative Exeter Cathedral. 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 cathedral organist Tim Noon, Voces8 soprano Molly Noon and acclaimed cellist Sarah Gait.

COVID 19 - the choir seating will be as widely spaced as is possible. Singers will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival, and wear face masks until seated.

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

Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

Matthew Coleridge
Tim Noon
Sarah Gait
Molly Noon
Booking info

Workshop ticket £25

Singer ticket with loan of vocal score on the day

Workshop ticket £32

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

Audience tickets £10

Unreserved seating in the cathedral nave. Audience will be socially-distanced; pre-booking advised.

On the day

Getting to Exeter

Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, Devon EX1 1HS

  • One of Europe's finest medieval cathedrals, and home to the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings, the 15 Century Astronomical Clock, a complete set of Misericords and its highly decorated tombs, bosses and corbels. The Cathedral prides itself on its choral tradition which dates back nearly 900 years.

  • By Car

    Exeter Cathedral is within easy reach of the M5 and A30, within striking distance of Bristol, Taunton, Plymouth and beyond.

    Exeter has a comprehensive Park and Ride service, with buses every 12 minutes to and from the centre. A day return costs £2.70. Visit Exeter has details of Park & Ride. (The no.4 bus from Exeter High Street operates half-hourly after 19:30hrs)

    Southernhay Gardens / Dean Clarke House Premier Parking Solutions car park (EX1 1SG; £7 for 12 hours) is 5 minutes' walk from the Cathedral and our morning rehearsal venue.

    Exeter Central station car park (£5.60 all day) is a 10 minute walk.

    All-day parking (£3.50) at Flowerpot Lane (EX4 1DH), Okehampton Street (EX4 1DY) and Haven Banks (EX2 8DP) car parks - approx 15 mins walk to the Cathedral.

    The main shoppers car parks in Exeter city centre (Mary Arches and Guildhall Centre) cost £12-15 for the day.

  • By Rail

    Exeter Central (5 mins walk), St Thomas (13 mins walk), St Davids (15 mins walk)

  • By Bus

    An interactive map of Exeter bus routes can be found here.

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral

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.

Timothy Noon

Timothy Noon - organ

Timothy Noon received his early music education as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, later learning the organ with Dr Roy Massey. At the age of seventeen he was appointed Organ Scholar of Canterbury Cathedral, and the following year became Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford where he also read for a degree in music.

In 1993 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning six prizes in the examination, including the coveted Limpus prize. On graduating with First Class Honours, Timothy was appointed sub-organist of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. He returned to Canterbury Cathedral as Assistant Organist in January 1997, subsequently becoming Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Davids Cathedral (Wales), then Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool.

He has appeared many times on television and radio and has made numerous commercial recordings to date as soloist, accompanist and conductor. As an organist, he is a frequent solo performer, giving concerts in many prestigious venues across Europe and New Zealand.

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.


Molly Noon

Molly Noon - soprano

Molly began her musical upbringing as a violinist, attending Chetham’s School of Music, where she went on to become a chorister at Manchester Cathedral. She subsequently gained a place at The University of Cambridge to read music, and held a Choral Scholarship at Trinity College.

In 2021, Molly joined the acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8

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.

St Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Feb 19th 2022

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

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