West Gallery Workshop/Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
The West Gallery Music Workshop will be led by members of Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire.
West Gallery music is the type of music sung in churches during the C18 and early C19, led by the village choir and the village band.
Thomas Hardy, himself a fiddle player, wrote about the old choirs in a number of his books, notably Under the Greenwood Tree. You can find extracts on the West Gallery Music Association website (www.wgma.org.uk), along with a mine of information about this type of music.
Above all, this music is FUN! It was such fun that the Victorians strongly disapproved and threw out the choirs and bands in favour of barrel organs, or pipe organs and robed choirs, producing the sort of church music which many of us grew up with.
If you like singing, do come along and join in; the music is accessible to all and you can learn by ear or read the music. The music is sung in four parts, so whatever your voice range, there is a part for you. Instrumentalists are also welcome - strings and woodwind are suitable, but not brass instruments or guitars. If in doubt, please ask. Instrumentalists please bring a music stand if you have one.
Music will be supplied in hard copy on the day but can be emailed if you would like to look at it beforehand.
Tea and coffee will be available from 10.00am ready for a start at 10:30am prompt. Parking will be available on site.
Cost: £15, payable on booking (cheques to WMBT please), which includes tea, coffee and biscuits; please bring a packed lunch. There will be a small additional charge for the music, payable on the day.
Please book by Friday 30 June 2017 (sooner if possible) so that we know whether we have enough participants to make the day viable. As long as we have enough people booked by Friday 30 June, we may be able to take late bookings after that date.
Please contact Linda Hall by email below or on 01633 889019 or 07891 688581 - or visit the website below to download the booking form.