Join Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire for this afternoon concert of festive music from the 18th and 19th centuries. West Gallery music is the type of music sung in churches during that time, led by the village choir and the village band. Come along and join in with some of the more well known tunes. Participants from November’s West Gallery workshop will also be joining the fun!
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.
The afternoon performance starts at 3pm.
Please note parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE. There is plenty of bicycle parking for those on two wheels.