The Village Quire

The Village Quire sings thrilling, unaccompanied West Gallery music, folk harmony, shape note and catches. Like so many of the 18th century quires we sing in four parts and with three voices to a part.  We sing in the spirit of the sort of music-making that must have been found in the rural parishes of these times.

In those days it was the same singers in the pub on Saturday night, in the church gallery on Sunday morning and out on the land all the other hours God sent.  The songs might have been different, but the spirit was the same;  the Welsh call it Hwyl – heart and soul.

This is what we do!  Find out more about the music …

Back to the Garden
The Parish Hall, Aymestrey, Leominster

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what people are saying …

‘A fantastic evening ... tragic, funny and loving ... we shared something really special.’ Bo Hollingshurst

‘A fabulous musical treat ... Mary Webb set most wonderfully to music and what music!  The sensitive and powerful readings by Phil Smith held us enraptured!’ Sue Robinson

‘Phil Smith injects a gamut of humanity ... The Village Quire deliver with conviction and gusto ... authentic passion and the enduring quality of the original prose.’ Mike Lewis

‘If you experience this and are not deeply moved, I advise you to check whether your heart is still beating.’ Nicholas Lowton

‘... never have my withers been so thoroughly (and enjoyably) wrung!’ Jane Stannard
Ben and Louise's wedding, 20 Sept 2014
By special request, on 20 Sept 2014 we sang at the wedding of Ben Rawlence and Louise Hogan in the amazing church at Llanelieu near Talgarth. Watch the YouTube video, excellenty made by Patrick, Louise's father. PS - All floral arrangments for the wedding are by our very own Gill
Village Quire CDs
Back to the Garden Precious Bane High Days and Holidays
The Good Old Way Know by the Stars A Village Christmas

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