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Wine, Song and Music with Amelia Singer

Amelia Singer writes about why she thinks wine is an art, ahead of her wine tasting event before our concert, The Great English Songbook, on 9 March.

Amelia will next join us for an evening of wine tasting at Bedales of Borough paired to our Paris Reflected concert programme – the finale of our RE:Imagine series.

Amelia Singer
Amelia Singer is a TV Presenter on The Wine Show, Jamie Oliver Vlogger and Blogger and Founder of Amelia’s Wine – a fun, authentic wine tasting service Amelias-wine.com

Next week I will be doing a wine tasting in conjunction with the CLS’ Re:Imagine series. I was super excited to be included in this programme as not only do I love wine,  the CLS and Southwark Cathedral as a concert venue, I also strongly believe that wine and music complement each other and help create new visions and re imaginations of both art forms.

And yes, I do think it is possible to consider wine as an art form. Both wine and music are experimental, both are creative, both can be extremely technical but ultimately they are meant to be fun and enhance the world around us.  There have been experiments which have proven that music can actually  influence the way we taste wine, and I hope that next Wednesday evening I can demonstrate how wine can absolutely add new nuances and an extra depth of appreciation to musical pieces that you may already know and love.

The wine-cup is the little silver well,
Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Amelia Singer at a Wine Tasting Event

Next week’s music programme will be looking at ‘The Great English Song book’. All of the featured music has been written or adapted in the last century. However, the inspiration, lyrics and musical form  of these pieces have been mostly based on an enthralling collection of English songs, poems and plays from the 16th century. A particularly apt period of time for this concert due to it being  in the midst of the Renaissance, that pivotal era of re-birth, re-vision and re-imagining  of  Man’s place in the world.

Amelia Singer - Wine Tasting Group

Pairing wines to specific pieces, I hope will add an extra appreciation to this collection of Song. There will be British bubbles to start which will open our minds to the English songs and to the notion of what it means to be ‘English’. This idea will then be further explored by comparing wines from around the world to three of the pieces. The variety of wines will be used to explore the different nuances and influences behind the Songs as well as to explore this idea of ‘Englishness’.  Is it something that is innate and untouchable or something that evolves with the time? Is there an ideal we can aspire to or is that just a fanciful idyll? And just as  importantly, through these Re:Imagined works and their wine pairing, what new visions, if any, of ‘Englishness’ can transpire and resonate.

We may not come to any conclusions, but wine and music combined will definitely ensure an entertaining, engaging and effusive evening!

Read Amelia’s blog on how music can actually influence the way we taste wine.

Tickets for Amelia’s next Wine Tasting event are just £22 – book now at cls.co.uk 



Fact File: The October Cathedrals

Ever been to Paddy’s Wigwam? October sees our intrepid musicians embarking upon the second leg of the Fauré Requiem Tour. We’ll be visiting yet more of our country’s most spectacular cathedrals.  Encompassing a range of different architectural styles, some of these cathedrals sport thousand-year histories. whilst others offer green-fanged spiders and have cameos in famous horror movies. Curiously, weaving her way through this fact file is a naked lady on a horse. 



• Coventry’s earliest cathedral, dedicated to St Mary, was founded as a Benedictine community by Leofric, Earl of Mercia, and his wife Godiva (of naked horseback fame) in 1043.

• On the night of 14 November 1940, the city of Coventry was devastated in a Blitz attack. The cathedral stonemason noticed that two of the charred medieval roof timbers had fallen in the shape of a cross. He set them up in the ruins where they were later placed on an altar of rubble along with the words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed on the Sanctuary wall.




• Scenes from the classic horror film The Omen were filmed at the Cathedral, most notably the scene in which Damien sees the spire come into view and attempts to bite his mother, whilst frothing at the mouth.

• In 1952 the Cathedral launched a ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to complete the nave, and more than 200,000 people bought a brick for 2s 6d (12½p) and inscribed it with their name



• Exeter Cathedral has the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England.

• The tube web spider Segestria florentina, notable for its metallic green fangs, can be found within the Cathedral’s outer walls.

• On 4 May 1942 an air raid took place over Exeter. The cathedral sustained a direct hit on the chapel of St James, completely demolishing it.



• The Cathedral dates from between 1093 and the early 16th century, although the site itself may have been used for Christian worship since the Roman era.

• The collegiate church, as it was then, was restored in 1057 by Leofric of Mercia and Lady Godiva (apparently they were very into Cathedral maintenance).

Southwell Minster

Newark Castle

• A large Roman villa occupied much of the present-day Minster land.

• On 5 November 1711 the southwest spire was struck by lightning, and it is recorded that the eight bells melted and crashed to the Minster floor.

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

liverpool met

•  The present Cathedral was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd.

• It is sometimes known locally as “Paddy’s Wigwam” or the “Mersey Funnel”.

The Fauré Requiem Tour will be coming to a cathedral near you on the following dates:

Friday 11th October – Coventry Cathedral
Saturday 12th October  – Guildford Cathedral
Wednesday 16th October  – Exeter Cathedral
Friday 18th October  – Chester Cathedral
Saturday 19th October  – Southwell Minster
Saturday 26th October – Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

We are also running two Come and Sing events  in Guildford and Liverpool. These are opportunities for members of the public to join us for a performance of Tallis’ masterpiece, Spem in Alium. For more information, please visit the links below:

Come and Sing Guildford
Come and Sing Liverpool

Fauré Requiem Tour
October 2013