West Gallery Music Performance
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Join Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire for this afternoon concert of festive music from the 18th and 19th centuries. Join in with some of the more well known tunes. Participants from November's West Gallery Workshop will also be joining the fun!
West Gallery music was sung in churches in the 1700s and 1800s, 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. This music was such fun that the Victorians strongly disapproved and threw out the village 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.
The afternoon performance starts at 3pm. Free car parking on site at the Barn. There is plenty of bicycle parking too. Tickets £5. Book online via the Barn website below.