- Do you run an Early Music singing or playing group in this area that's looking for new members?
- Are you an Early Music soloist looking for someone to accompany you?
- Are you wanting to set up an Early Music singing or playing group with like-minded people in the Border Marches area?
Whatever you're looking for, this page is for you. E-mail the Chairman with your request, and it will be posted here. Click here for an e-mail form.
Shropshire Harmony Quire is a small west gallery quire meeting monthly near Bishop’s Castle in South Shropshire. We sing and play music from Thomas Hardy’s time, mainly from the English West Gallery and American shape note traditions. Some of what we sing is rousing, some is unbelievable beautiful and it is all very melodic in structure. In much of the early West Gallery music the melody line is given to the tenor, with an underpinning bass harmony, contra-tenor and a treble voice or voices above.
It has been said of West Gallery music that 'if we had hymns like that in our churches today they wouldn't be empty'. West gallery music was a vigorous, melodic style of worship at its height between 1700 and 1850. Thomas Hardy wrote much about the singers and players of the west gallery in his novel ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’. The vivacious and contrapuntal style of singing and playing was popular with parishioners who wanted to do more than sit in silence during services. Eventually, the singers and musicians of the west gallery were replaced by organists, Hymns Ancient and Modern replaced the old psalmody copies and much of the west gallery hymnody disappeared till the revival movement of the late 20th century.
New instrumentalists and singers welcome as we reconvene after our summer break (especially singers).
For more information about the Quire, and how to get touch with the secretary, go to http://www.shropshireharmony.org.uk/ and click on the ‘join us’ tab.
(Posted 28th September 2013)
St Swithun's Church, Worcester is available for use as a recital/concert venue. To find out more, please click here. In addition, there are two early organs at St Swithun’s: Gray 1795, and the ‘Wetheringsett’ reconstructed Tudor organ. Both of them are very much available to organists, early-music enthusiasts, and indeed any members of the interested public, for practice, teaching, or just ‘having a go’. Demonstrations and introductions can also be arranged. Please contact John Erskine on firstname.lastname@example.org
(Posted 9th June 2013)
Rebecca Grace is a Shropshire-based soprano soloist looking to make contact with fellow early music performers. She would very much like to find an accompanist or indeed, accompanists to work with her on a programme of early music recitals at a number of small-scale venues across the region.
This may have to be more for the love of the music than money, as is so often the case, but please do get in touch if you'd like to find out more. Email email@example.com or telephone 01902 372903.
She is also keen to hear from singers (all voice types) who may be interested in getting together to explore new repertoire and perhaps also perform for fun. Living within travelling distance of Shrewsbury is preferable but she is also willing to travel for rehearsals. (Posted 11th April 2013)
The New Titley Philharmonic Orchestra (aka the Titley Phil): We meet on a Monday afternoon at Titley Village Hall (between Presteigne and Kington) to play mostly 17th and 18th century music under the tutelage of David Hatcher. David, as most of your readers will know, is the talented player of many period instruments and an amusing and informative tutor/conductor.
Occasionally, as a real treat, we get to accompany him in a gamba concerto but we also (any of us that feels that way inclined!) get the opportunity to play the concertante parts in concerti grossi and/or the solo in a concerto.
Violinists and Viola players are always welcome, but at the moment we are looking - in particular - for a double-bass player, a bassoonist and another oboist. Players need to have a minimum playing standard of Grade VI and to be confident sight-readers. We rarely perform. David works us very hard, giving us plenty of sectional tutoring in period style and technique, in the friendly and supportive company of the rest of the orchestra.
Anyone interested can contact Annie Nethercott on 01547 560369 or David on 01568 611643. (Updated 4th August 2013)
Plainsong choir: Musica in Ecclesia meets on the second Saturday of the month. Sessions start at 2:00 and a "performance" is given at about 5:30. No experience necessary, instruction will be given in 4-line staves, square notes, Salisbury and Benedictine rites. For details contact Geoff and Sheila Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 905 640 365 (posted 14th August 2012)
Lion Choir: an informal practice choir for people who enjoy singing but do not wish to perform in public. Meets at 6:00pm in Leominster at Grange Court for about 90 minutes. Music provided. Charge of £5.50 per evening. Contact: David Hatcher (after 1st Sept) email@example.com or 01568 611643 / 07813 001631 (Updated 4th August 2013)