Most Quires (except where noted) have practices open to visitors by arrangement (please tel or email) and membership is open to all. To find a quire near you, click on the map.
Abbreviations: WG = West Gallery; SH = Shapenote
Amber Valley Quire (Derbyshire) - A non-costumed quire (WG with local Derbyshire and Leicestershire specialities) meeting on the second and fourth Sundays of every month except August, in Horsley Woodhouse, Derbyshire. Practices are open to singers and instrumentalists - just let us know so that we can provide music.
Contacts: Heather Flockton, tel.01773 833371 or email - (or Zuzanna Forster)
Music Directors: Zuzanna Forster email
Beaminster Gallery Quire (Dorset) - A costumed quire (mainly WG) meeting on most Thursday evenings from September to May at 7.30 pm in Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. Practices are open to visitors and membership is open to all, subject to the balance between parts. Performances have included concerts, church services, Beaminster Festival and pub carols on Twelfth Night.
Contact: Ron & Pauline Emett 01308 868377 - email
Music Director: Ron Emett
Bedford Gallery Quire - A costumed quire (WG and Social music of the period) meeting on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays each month at Priory Methodist Church, 63 Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ. Concerts, festivals, workshops and functions of virtually any kind undertaken.
Contact: Ken Baddley 01234 310018 - email
or Linda Reed 01234 216623 - email
Music Director: Ken Baddley email
Bristol Harmony - A non-costumed quire (WG and village band music) meeting on 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings in Bristol. Practices are open to visitors by arrangement and membership is open to all. Performances have included concerts and church services.
Contact: Elinor Kershaw - email
Music Directors: Anne Koerber and Esther Steward - email
Called to be Saints (Bristol & Somerset area) - A non-costumed quire (mostly WG, some SH) meeting Saturday afternoons monthly in Nailsea, Bristol. Practices are open to
visitors by arrangement and membership is open to all. Performances have included concerts, festivals,
gala days, harvest suppers and local workshops. The quire organises an annual Villages Tour.
25 singers and 8 instrumentalists.
Contact: Pete Crooke, 01761 434479 email
Music Directors: John Shaw 0117 967 3443 email and Susan Suart.
Chiltern West Gallery Quire (Home Counties N of London) - A costumed quire (WG - mostly local) meeting monthly on Saturday afternoons in Welwyn Garden City. Performances have included concerts, church services and festivals.
Contact: Antonina Spittal 0207 2637418 or email
Music Director: Jenny Ellis 01462 629539 or email
Christminster Singers (Oxfordshire) - An unaccompanied Oxford-based performing group (WG, SH, folk, etc) which practises throughout the year. Membership is by invitation. Performances (non-costume) include concerts, music festivals and workshops locally, throughout the UK and abroad.
Contact: Dave Townsend 01865 714778 email
Music Director: Dave Townsend
CDs: William Knapp: West Gallery Anthems and Psalms see details
Let the Echo Fly, The Story of West Gallery Music - see details
The Gladly Solemn Sound (North Lancashire) - A non-costumed choir (mostly WG) meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings, 8 - 10pm, at the Gregson Centre, Lancaster. Performances have included concerts, festivals and weddings.
Contact: Paul Guppy 01524 68621 email
Music Director: Paul Guppy
CDs: Repeat Their Sounding Joy - see details
Awake ye Mortals all - see details
Gloucester Gallery Quire (Gloucestershire) - meets about twice a month (on named Sunday afternoons) in Brookthorpe Village Hall, Gloucestershire, GL4 0US. Some public appearances. New members welcome, singers and instrumentalists.
Contacts: Elizabeth Akhurst - 01453 765324 or email and
Brenda Morton - 01452 613 068 or email
The Grace Darling Singers (Manchester and Cheshire) - A non-costumed group (WG and early American psalmody) meeting monthly on Sunday afternoons in Poynton. Performances include concerts, services, lecture-recitals and workshops.
Contact: Sally Drage 01260 270217 email
Music Director: Sally Drage
The Greenwood West Gallery Quire (South Lincs, East Notts, North Cambs) A partly-costumed quire (WG only) meeting periodically at St James the Great, Aslackby, Sleaford, Lincs. Performances: concerts.
Contact: Barry Jeffery 01529 421681 email
Music Director: Pete Shaw 01778 571563 email
Immanuel's Ground - The quire rehearses every Wednesday, except the month of August, at Northgate Methodist Church, Warwick. Performances - mostly in costume but sometimes in modern dress - include concerts, church services, illustrated lectures, workshops, educational videos and pub sessions.
The quire hosts the annual Mid-Shires’ Quires’ Day, and Byfield Village Carols.
26 singers and 8 instrumentalists Music - West Gallery, some shape-note and dance tunes.
Contact: Julie and John Heptinstall 01926 512340 email
Music Director: Edwin Macadam 01865 865773 email
The John Moore Quire (West Midlands and Shropshire) - An almost-totally-costumed quire (WG and dance tunes) meeting monthly on the 3rd Sunday, 2 - 4 pm, at the Methodist Church, Broseley. Performances have been concerts, church services, Bridgnorth Folk Festival and workshops.
Contact: Rita Powell 01952 883475 email
or: Marjie Wright 01952 882009 email
Music Director: Liz Raymont
Joyful Noise - A non-costumed quire (mostly WG, some SH) meeting on 1st & 3rd Sundays at Dene Court Community Room, Hamsterley Colliery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Performances have been concerts, church services, church crawls and workshops.
Contact: Win Stokes 01912 575918 email
Music Director: Paul Gailiunas
The Larks of Dean Quire (mid Lancashire) - A non-costumed quire (mainly WG, some SH) meeting on the 1st &3rd Sundays each month in Bury, Lancs. Performances: concerts, church services and workshops.
Contact: Jean Seymour 01617 611544 email
Music Director: Jean Seymour
London Gallery Quire (London inside the M25) - A non-costumed quire (WG only) meeting on alternate Wednesday evenings during term time at St James Garlickhythe Church, London. Performances: Church services, workshops and concerts/lecture recitals
Contact: Stella Hardy 020 7515 4639 email
Music Director: Francis Roads
CD: Praise Ye The Lord - see details
Book of Music: Your Voices Raise - see details
The Madding Crowd (Hampshire) - A costumed quire (mostly WG, with glees, folk songs, patriotic songs) meeting every Sunday evening, 7.45 - 10 pm at St Boniface Church, Chandlers Ford. Guest night for visitors is the 1st Sunday monthly or by special arrangement. Membership is by invitation.
Performances include concerts, church services, folk festivals, heritage events and Going the Rounds.
Contact: Brenda Bennett 01264 810578 email
Music Director: Mike Bailey
You can watch short videos of the Madding Crowd Wassailing at Manor Farm, Botley and
leading a carols workshop at Emery Down, Nr Lyndhurst, New Forest
CD: Hark, Shepherds, Hark - see details
The Marsh Warblers (Kent) - A costumed quire (mainly WG, with glees, patriotic & folk songs) meeting on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays each month at Sandhurst Baptist Church, Kent. Performances include concerts, workshops, church services, and annual church tour.
Tony Singleton 01580 753431 or email:
Music Director: Tony Singleton
CDs: visit website
Pembrokeshire West Gallery Quire (W.Wales) - A costumed quire rehearsing on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at Albany Church Hall, Hill Street, Haverfordwest.
Contact: Jonathan Parker 01437 563779 email
Music directors: Val McInally and John Tose
Purbeck Village Quire (Dorset) - A costumed quire (WG and Folk) meeting weekly on Monday evenings, 7.30pm (except February, July & August) at Wareham Methodist Church. Performances have included concerts, workshops, Music and Folk Festivals, Going the Rounds, harvest suppers with barn dances
Contact: Paul Thomas 01202 242381 or email
Music Director: Steve Earwicker 01929 480 737 or email
CDs: Round the Year with the Village Quire - see details
Christmas in Purbeck - see details
DVD: A Village Christmas from Dorset Past - see details
Band Music Book: Never on Sunday - see details
Shropshire Harmony - WG, SH, country dances, traditional folk songs. Performances: informal and secular. Based in Bishops Castle, South Shropshire, meeting 2-5 pm on the last Sunday of the month.
Contact: Dave Bissitt 01938 570446 or email
Music Director: Sue Harris email
Spooner Row West Gallery Quire - An occasional West Gallery Quire, based in Spooner Row, South Norfolk, aiming at singing and playing in local churches with West Galleries. Performances have included West Gallery Evensong, Harvest and Christmas services. Practices are open to visitors and membership is open to all.
12-20 singers and instrumentalists
Contact: John and Lindsay Dowding 01953 607236 or email
Stream of Sound - A non-costumed group of young singers (WG, SH, world harmonies & folk song), meeting on term-time Tuesday evenings in Stourbridge. Open to anyone aged 12 -24, no prior musical training necessary. Performances include major folk festivals, churches, town halls, workshops and residential courses.
Contact: Caroline Price 01384 377833 or email
Music Director: Caroline Price - email
CDs: Bottled at Source (English Music); Time & Tide
Sussex Harmony - A sometimes costumed quire (WG and SH) meeting every Thursday evening except August at South Malling Church, Lewes. Performances have included concerts, church services, folk gigs, festivals,receptions in venues ranging from theatres to a brewery.
Contact: Jan Green 01903 830361 email
Music Director: Rachel Jordanemail
Book: The Singing Seat - see details
The Thomas Clark Quire (West Kent) - is a costumed quire (mainly WG) and meets at Maidstone Baptist Church on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except August).
Contact: Barry Tucker 01622 763916 - email
Music Director: Barry Tucker
Tranter's Party (Cotswolds) - An occasional quire (mostly WG) that meets in Condicote, near Stow on the Wold, every year for a performance around Christmas. About twelve singers and instrumentalists.
Contact: Annette Smith, 01451 830160 or email
Music Director: Annette Smith
Tuesday Occasionals (Derbys., Notts and Leics) - A non-costumed quire (WG and SH) meeting weekly on Tuesdays. Performances have included concerts, church services, folk festivals and workshops
Contact: Ian West 01952 882448 - email
Music Director: Helen Brown
The Village Quire (Herefordshire / Powys border) - A non-costumed quire (mainly WG, SH and folk song) meeting weekly on Friday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30 in Maesyronnen Chapel, Cwmbach, near Glasbury-on-Wye on the Herefordshire / Powys border. Membership is by invitation. Performances have been church / charity concerts, village fayres and folk events.
Contact: Dave Newell or Cheryl Christopher 01497 847676 - email
Music Director: Dave Newell
Vital Spark (Worcs and Herefs) - A non-costumed quire (WG and SH) meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings at 8:30 pm in West Malvern Village Hall. Practices are open to visitors by arrangement and membership is by invitation. Performances have
included concerts, church services and festivals.
Contact: Sue Smith 01905 423488 email
Music Director: John Williams
CDs: Vital Spark present Vital Spark see details
There Were Shepherds - see details
Washaway West Gallery Choir (Cornwall) - A non-costumed choir (WG some glees) meeting monthly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at St Conan’s Church, Washaway, Cornwall. Practices are open to visitors by arrangement and membership is by invitation. Main annual event is a concert of carols and readings at Pencarrow House, a local stately home. Other performances have been services and concerts.
Contact: Peter Meanwell 01208 78393 email or Linda Collins email
Music Director: Peter Meanwell
The West Gallery Quire (Devon) - A costumed quire (WG and other music of the period) meeting on alternate Tuesday evenings, 7.30 - 9.00 pm, at St Lawrence's Chapel, Threshers, Crediton. Performances have included concerts, church services, folk and civic arts festivals and a wedding.
Contact: Sonja Andrews 01 363 877216 email
Music Director: Claire Willman
The William East Quire (Leics, Rutland and S Lincs) - A costumed quire (mostly WG, some SH) meeting on Fridays 8 - 9:30 pm, (not every week) at Brewery House, High Street, Ketton. Performances have included concerts, church services, weddings and historical commemorations.
Contact: David Moore 0115 9664938 email
Music Directors: Mary Cade, David Moore, Philip Riley, Stewart Heyday
Wolds Apart West Gallery Quire (N Lincs and S Yorks) - A non-costumed quire (mostly WG) meeting on the 2nd Sunday monthly (except August) at St Paul’s Church, Sculcoates, Hull, or at churches anywhere in E Yorks/N Lincolnshire. Performances have included church services and arts festivals.
Following the retirement of Roger Hateley as Music Director, ‘Wolds Apart’ is now meeting on an ad hoc basis. Any enquiries to
Tim Hudson email
The West Gallery Quire, Boston, Massachussetts, USA - A non-costumed quire meeting monthly at Newton Highlands Congregational Church, Newton, MA. Performances have been concerts, church services and folk festivals.
Contact: Bruce Randall (001) 978 373 5852 email
Music Director: Bruce Randall