- 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.
The Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments (FoMRHI) was founded in 1975 as an organisation of people concerned with historical musical instruments. Its aim is to promote authenticity in the preservation of original instruments, in making reproductions of such instruments, and in their use. Membership is open to anyone interested in any of these aims. All members receive FoMRHI Quarterly, which includes a bulletin of notes and news, requests for and offers of information, replies and questions, and a number of papers, called Communications or 'Comms'. These are of varying length and range from the speculative to the thoroughly researched, and from the practical to the theoretical and the philosophical. They include book and other reviews, detailed information on how to make useful gadgets, instrument design information, and debates on previous Communications. If you'd like to find out more, please visit the website www.fomrhi.org (Posted 10th February 2014)
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 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 6th February 2014)
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 £6.00 per evening. Contact David Hatcher: email@example.com or 01568 611643 / 07813 001631 (Updated 21st January 2014)
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 (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)