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Precious Bane
Llanidloes Music and Arts Club
Trinity Church
Shortbridge Street
SY18 6AD 
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Tickets £6, inc light refreshments
Box office: 01686 413643

7.30 pm

Bringing Mary Webb's famous book to life through specially composed song to illustrate the fine reading by Phil Smith.

The Good Old Way
St Mary's Church, New Radnor
LD8 2TE 
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£8, to include a glass of wine
Box Office: 01544 350411

7.30 pm

Views life in the rural parishes of the 18th and early 19th centuries from the lofty vantage point of the church singing gallery. All human life is here: love, enmity, longing, regret, religion, politics, nostalgia and gentle rustic humour.

Back to the Garden
Valley Folk Club, Ivy Bush Hotel, Pontardawe
SA8 4JN 
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Tickets from Cas Smith: (01792) 863940
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Based on the real-life exchange of letters from the trenches between gardener, William Bevan, and his employer at Kinsham Court, Sir John Stanhope Arkwright

Christmas 2015
All Saint's Church, Cwmbach
HR3 5LR 

Details tba


Songs and stories of winter and the festive season, both as biting as any winter’s wind and as warming as any crackling log fire.

Music in New Radnor
Christmas 2015

New Radnor Community Centre
Hall Lane
New Radnor
LD8 2SW 

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Songs and stories of winter and the festive season, both as biting as any winter’s wind and as warming as any crackling log fire.

Disclaimer: To the best of our knowledge and belief the details given above are correct.  Please check details and/or book tickets in advance direct with the event organisers.  The Village Quire takes no responsibility for any aspect of any event not specifically organised by The Village Quire.

The Village Quire sings in four part harmony without instrumental accompaniment and with three singers to a part, like so many of the 18th century quires.  Each of the programmes includes dramatic readings, given by actor Phil Smith, which have become a popular and essential part of the Quire's performances.  As well as being richly entertaining, these readings help to set the music in a social and historical context for those who are unfamiliar with the genre.

The Quire’s core repertoire is West Gallery Music but the performances also include other styles of folk polyphony.  The power and raw energy of this music, coupled with striking harmonies, make it truly compelling, spell-binding listening.  It is, after all, village music – the music of country people – and is born out of the hardships they endured and the emotions that these created.

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