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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

Map of England & Wales

Amber Valley Quire (Derbyshire) - A non-costumed quire (WG only) meeting on the 2nd & 4th Sunday evenings of every month except August in Horsley Woodhouse, Derbyshire. Performances: concerts.

    Contacts: Jane Waltho 01889 591770 - email or Jack Crawford 07967 000323 - email
    Musical Directors: Jack Crawford and David Ledsam

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. Performances have included concerts, church services, Beaminster Festival and pub carols on Twelfth Night.

    Contact: Ron & Pauline Emett 01308 868377 - email
    Musical 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, mob: 07882 676290 - email
    or Linda Reed 01234 216623 - email Musical 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. Performances by invitation.
For more details click HERE or visit the website.

    Contact: Colin Sleath, 0117 9686860   email  
    Musical Directors: Esther Steward and Anne Koerber

Called to be Saints (Bristol & Somerset area) - A non-costumed quire (mostly WG, some SH) meeting Saturday afternoons monthly in Nailsea, Bristol. Performances have included concerts, festivals, gala days, harvest suppers and local workshops. The quire organises an annual Villages Tour.

    Contact: Eileen Wilson 01275 852942   email
    Musical Director: Eileen Wilson

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: Mike & Antonina Spittal 0207 2637418 or email Musical 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
    Musical 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
    Musical Director: Paul Guppy

CDs: Repeat Their Sounding Joy - see details
Awake ye Mortals all - see details

Gloster Gallery Quire (Gloucestershire)- A costumed quire (WG, glees and dance music) meeting fortnightly on Sunday afternoons (September-June) at Matson Baptist Church, Gloucester.

    Contact: John Thorn 01452 616326 or Elizabeth Akhurst email
    Musical Director: John Thorn

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
    Musical 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
    Musical Director: Pete Shaw 01778 571563 email

Immanuel's Ground - The quire rehearses on 2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays each month 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.

    Contact: Ian & Barbara Meddoms 01926 492945 email
    Musical Director: Edwin Macadam

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: Isabella Ashman 01902 441434 email
    Musical 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
    Musical Director: Paul Gailiunas
    Events Organiser: Chris Gardner 01207 563778 email

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
    Musical 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
    Musical 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
    Musical 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 Zion Baptist Church, Tenterden. Performances have included concerts, workshops and church services.

    Tony Singleton 01580 753431 or email:
    Musical Director: Tony Singleton

Norfolk Gallery Quire - A costumed quire (WG and folk songs), meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month in Weasenham, Norfolk. Performances: concerts and church services.

    Contact: Alan Hollingdale 01328 701912 - email
    Musical Director: Alan Hollingdale

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
    Musical 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: Chris Pullen: 01929 423 505 or email
    Musical 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

Rodhuish Gallery Singers (Somerset) - A small costumed quire (WG and local carols) meeting occasionally in West Somerset. Practices are open to visitors by arrangement and membership is by invitation. Performances have included concerts, church services and talks with music.

    Contact: Hilary Binding 01643 821704 email
    Musical Director: David Brown
    01458 274841 email

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: Frankie Rickford - email
    Musical Director: Robert Bunting - 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
    Musical Director: Caroline Price - email

CDs: Bottled at Source (English Music) & New Old Songs (World music)

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
    Musical Director: Rachel Jordan

Cassette Tape: Brighton Festival - see details
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.

    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
    Musical 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
    Musical 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
    Musical 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
    Musical 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
    Musical 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: Alan Weeks 01404 822028 email
    Musical 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
    Musical Directors: Sue Glover, Mary Cade, David Moore, Philip Riley, Stewart Heyday
    MP3 recordings of the quire can be heard HERE

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.

    Contact: Marilyn Jackson 01724 842481 or Roger Hateley by email
    Musical Director: Roger Hateley

Overseas Quires

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
    Musical Director: Bruce Randall

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