The Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society was founded in 1896 as a charity. Its charitable objectives are

  1. To educate the public in the art and science of music and in particular the art and science of choral music by the presentation of choral concerts and other related activities.
  2. Assist and further such charitable institutions and charitable purposes as the committee shall from time to time determine.


The Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society is a registered charity (no. 800481) and is constitutionally independent of the Cathedral.

Come & Sing Day

The society also hosts a Come & Sing day each year, normally in May, to which all singers are welcome to study and perform a work from scratch.

Join Us

New singers are always welcome to apply to join the choir.


Chorus rehearsals are on Monday evenings in the Cathedral from September to March (7.30 pm – 9.30 pm) and generally follow Wells Cathedral School's term times. Our accompanist and Assistant Conductor is normally the Senior Organ Scholar at the Cathedral.


With around 160 voices the society gives three concerts a year under the direction of Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Cathedral. Concerts are normally in early November, December (an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah) and late March.

Concert Tickets

Tickets for all our concerts can be purchased online or from Wells Cathedral Shop (01749 672773).



Due to Covid-19, we have no concerts planned for the immediate future.

If you wish to be informed when we start performing again, please sign up to our Mailing List.

See you soon!