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Precious Bane
Pontesbury Congregational Church
SY5 0QH 
[Map]  [Programme]

Tickets from the Library, or call 01743 790385. £8.00 inc refreshments

24/09/2016
7.00 pm

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

High Days and Holidays
Bronllys Village Hall, Talgarth Rd, Bronllys
LD3 0LE 
[Map]  [Programme]

Box office: 01874 711020 or 07786 466393
lesleyemerson@btinternet.com

29/10/2016
7.30 pm

Be transported back to the 18th and 19th century Welsh borders with West Gallery music, folk song, rounds and catches. Sung in the energetic style of the Village Quire, with snippets for local archives read by actor Phil Smith

Back to the Garden
The Assembly Rooms, Presteigne
LD8 2AD 
[Map]  [Programme]

Tickets: £10 / £3 student
includes tea and cakes

From: Winnies Newsagent
01544 260202, on the door
and 01544 267418

Promoted by Poetry in Presteigne

20/11/2016
3.30 pm

Based on and inspired by the real-life exchange of letters from the WW1 trenches between gardener, William Bevan, and his employer at Kinsham Court, Sir John Stanhope Arkwright

Christmas 2016
St Mary’s, Pembridge
HR6 9EA 
[Map]

Advance booking for Christmas 2016

17/12/2016

Private booking
Metheringham, Lincolnshire
 

Private event

04/03/2017

Back to the Garden
St Wilfrid’s Church, Metheringham, Lincoln
LN4 3HA 
[Map]  [Programme]

Jayne Palmer - details tbc

05/03/2017
2.30 pm

Based on and inspired by the real-life exchange of letters from the WW1 trenches between gardener, William Bevan, and his employer at Kinsham Court, Sir John Stanhope Arkwright

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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