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Calendar of Events

Page last updated 5th June, 2016

Many choirs have their own websites with details of their events. Go to the Quires page for more details.

August | September | October onwards | 2017

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Friday 14th - 16th October 2016

2016

Sunday, 1st May, 2016

    Vital Spark
    10:30 am, Church service; afternoon workshop and concert, Upton-upon-Severn.
    Events in Upton Folk Festival.

Saturday, 7th May, 2016

    The Madding Crowd
    7:30pm, 'Thomas Hardy' Concert, Hedge End Methodist Church, SO30 4AG.
    Details: Tel 01489 691547 or visit our website.

Wednesday 7th May, 2016

    Immanuel's Ground
    "Prosperity and Adversity" Concert, St.Mary, Stoneleigh, Warks.
    For more details visit the choir's website

Wednesday 7th May, 2016

    Bedford Gallery Quire
    2-3pm, Concert at The Higgins Museum, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD.
    Part of a "Georgian Day" - also includes a dance workshop at 11:30am.
    FREE entry: Download a poster from HERE

Friday 13th-Sunday 15th May 2016

    Residential West Gallery singing weekend at Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9RB.
    Leader: Francis Roads.
    Details to be announced.

Saturday, 14th May 2016

    The Madding Crowd
    7pm, 'Thomas Hardy' Concert, St Peterís Church, High Street, Stockbridge, Hants, SO20 6HE.
    Details: Tel 01264 810578 or visit our website.

Saturday, 21st May, 2016

    Vital Spark
    Concert, 7:30 pm, St Mary's Church, Credenhill, Herefordshire, HR4 7FD.
    part of the Traherne Association Festival.

Friday 20th May - Sunday 22nd May 2016

    WGMA Spring Weekend at The Hayes Conference Centre,
    Swanwick, ALFRETON, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU.

    Click HERE for a map to show location. Visit their website

    You can download a Booking Form from HERE

    The AGM will be held on Saturday 21st May.

    For further details contact: Jane Waltho, The Forge, Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire DE6 2FF.
    tel: 01889 591770 or email:

Sunday, 29th May 2016

    The Greenwood Quire
    Rogation-tide Progress, starting at Aslackby Church, Lincolnshire
    Please visit Greenwood Quire website for further details.

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Saturday, 4th June 2016

    London Gallery Quire
    Lunch time Concert, St Jamesís, Bushey, London
    More details: email Stella Hardy

Saturday 4th June 2016

    Marsh Warblers
    Concert, 7:30pm, All Saints, Woodchurch, TN26 3QQ.
    More details, contact Tony Singleton 01580 753431 or email

Saturday, 4th June, 2016

    Bristol Harmony
    Church Tour visiting Abson, Wapley and Old Sodbury parish churches in South Gloucestershire.
    Singers and instrumentalists welcome to join us.
    Details from Pete John, tel. 0117 932 7107 or email

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Sunday, 10th July, 2016

    The Madding Crowd
    11am to 2:30pm (time changed), song, dance and a picnic in the garden of
    Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.
    Details: Tel 01420 83262 or visit our website.

Saturday, 16th July, 2016

Saturday, 23rd July, 2016

    Immanuelís Ground
    2:30-3:10pm, Concert 'On trial at the Court House'; 3:30-5:00pm, West Gallery Workshop
    The Old Court House, Jury Street, Warwick CV34 3EW. (events part of Warwick Folk Festival.)

Sunday, 24th July, 2016

    London Gallery Quire
    Evensong, St. Mary Magdalene's, East Ham, London
    More details: email Stella Hardy

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Sunday, 31st July - Friday 5th August, 2016

Sidmouth seafront WG at Sidmouth Folk Festival

    Sunday 31st: "Start the Week" Concert, 2:30pm, Manor Pavillion.
    A taster concert of West Gallery (Weatherbury Quire),
    Shape-note (Canaan's Land), and
    Gregorian Chant/Community Songs(Peter Wilton).
    Sun 1st - Fri 5th: 11:30am-1pm, WG Workshops, Manor Pavillion.
    Sun 1st - Fri 5th: 2pm-3pm, "Singing on the Seafront".
    Watch a YouTube video HERE
    Mon to Fri, 9:30am-11am: Shape Note Workshops, Methodist Church.

Click HERE for a map to show location. Visit their website

Thursday 4th August 2016

Saturday 13th August 2016

    North West Three Choirs Day.
    10am-4pm, Rivington Chapel, Horwich, Lancs.
    Cost: £5 - includes music and light refreshments
    Leaders: Sally Drage 01260 270217 or email, Paul Guppy 01524 68621 or email,
    and Jean Seymour 0161 7611544 or email, from whom more details are available.

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Saturday 3rd September 2016

    16th Church Visitation in the Diocese of Oxford
    Singing from Praise & Glory and The Sacred Harp, 1991 ed.
    Visiting churches to the southeast and southwest of Adderbury; lunch at the Red Lion, Adderbury.
    More details from Edwin and Sheila Macadam: 01865 865773 or email or visit their website

Sunday 11th September, 2016

    Immanuelís Ground
    2:00-3:30pm, Harvest Celebration singing and
    4:30pm, Harvest Festival Evensong, St Maryís Priory Church, Canons Ashby, Northants NN11 3SD.
    (events in the National Trustís Harvest Weekend at Canons Ashby)

Saturday 17th September, 2016

    Immanuel's Ground
    11:00am-12:30pm (times tbc) , Concert and 1:30-4:00pm, WG Workshop
    Wade Street Chapel, Lichfield, WS13 6HL. (part of Lichfield Heritage Weekend)

Saturday 17th September, 2016

    London Gallery Quire
    Church Crawl, visiting:
    All Sants, Margaret St, W1W 8JG. (10:30am); The Welsh Church, 30 Eastcastle St, W1W 8DJ (11:45am);
    St.Giles in the Fields, WC2H 8LG (2:30pm); St.George, Bloomsbury, WC1A 2SA (4pm).
    These churches will be opened to the public as part of Open House London
    More details from Stella Hardy 0207 5154639 or email

Saturday 17th September, 2016

    Immanuel's Ground
    11:00am-12:30pm (times tbc) , Concert and 1:30-4:00pm, WG Workshop
    Wade Street Chapel, Lichfield, WS13 6HL. (part of Lichfield Heritage Weekend)

Saturday, 24th September, 2016

    The Madding Crowd
    1:30 to 4pm, Music and songs for the Michaelmas Fair at St Cross Hospital, Winchester, SO23 9SD.
    Details: Tel 01962 851375 or visit our website.

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Saturday, 1st October, 2016

    The Madding Crowd
    6:30pm, Words and music for Harvest, Wallops Parish Hall, SO20 8EG.
    Details: Tel Chris Rose 01264 781257 or visit our website.

Saturday, 8th October, 2016

    The Madding Crowd
    7pm, Words and music for Harvest, Minstead Church, SO43 7EX.
    Details: Tel Diana Gower 01962 884813 or visit our website.

Friday 14th - 16th October 2016

    WGMA Autumn Weekend at The Heights Hotel,
    Isle of Portland, Dorset, DT5 2EN.

    Click HERE for a map to show location. Visit their website

    You can download a Booking Form from HERE

    For further details contact: Jane Waltho, The Forge, Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire DE6 2FF.
    tel: 01889 591770 or email:

Saturday 22nd October 2016

    Beaminster Gallery Quire and The West Gallery Quire (Crediton)
    Afternoon Concert, Silverton, Devon.
    More details from Sonja Andrews, tel. 01404 822028 or email

Saturday 29th October 2016

    48th Three Quires' Day
    Christchurch, Prince Edward Road, Lewes, Sussex
    Contacts: Jill Thompson tel: 01273 623533 mob.07718-655624
    or Tony Singleton tel: 01580 753431 or email:

Saturday, 26th November

    WEST OF EDEN Workshop
    10am - 4:30pm, St.Andrew's Parish Church, Penrith, Cumbria.
    Choral singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate in a workshop featuring Psalmody, Anthems and Seasonal music from Cumbria, Co. Durham and North Yorkshire ranging from the bucolic to the slightly refined, some sung for the first time in many years.
    Cost: £10, to include music and light refreshments.
    Leaders: Paul Guppy, conductor of The Gladly Solemn Sound West Gallery Choir in Lancaster and
    Simon Fleming, Durham-based musicologist, specializing in 18th cent. music from the North East of England.
    Contact : Chris Gardner, tel. 01661 598571 or email
    or Paul Guppy, tel. 01524 68621 or email.

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2017

Friday 17th - Sunday 19th February, 2017

    The Madding Crowd
    House Party - A weekend of West Gallery song and friendship, Halsway Manor,
    near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD.
    Details: Gordon Thick, Tel 02380 265378; email: gordanne1969@gmail.com or visit our website.

Sunday, 26th February, 2017

    The Madding Crowd
    10:30am - 3:30pm, West Gallery Workshop for the Folk Association of South Hants,
    Soberton Village Hall, SO32 3PF.
    To reserve a place, phone 01243 531497 or email info@fash.org.uk.

Saturday, 4th March, 2017

    South-West Quires' Day
    Ruishton Village Hall, near Taunton, TA3 5JD.
    Details from Jacqueline Patten email

Saturday, 8th April, 2017

    49th Three Quires' Day
    Christchurch, Prince Edward Road, Lewes, Sussex
    Contacts: Jill Thompson tel: 01273 623533 mob.07718-655624
    or Tony Singleton tel: 01580 753431 or email:

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd April, 2017

    WGMA Spring Weekend at The Hayes Conference Centre,
    Swanwick, ALFRETON, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU.

    Click HERE for a map to show location. Visit their website

Saturday, 29th April 2017

    13th Mid-Shires' Quires Day
    10am-4pm, The Village Hall, Byfield, Northants.

Friday 20th - 22nd October, 2017

    WGMA Autumn Weekend at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre,
    Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2DZ.

    Belsey Bridge

Saturday, 28th October, 2017

    50th Three Quires' Day
    Christchurch, Prince Edward Road, Lewes, Sussex
    Contacts: Jill Thompson tel: 01273 623533 mob.07718-655624
    or Tony Singleton tel: 01580 753431 or email:

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