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Index of the Contents of "West Gallery"

The Newsletter of the WGMA

compiled by Jean Seymour

All items are A5 booklets unless otherwise stated

  No.2 No.3 No.4 No.5 No.6 No.7 No.8 No.9 No.10
No.11 No.12 No.13 No.14 No.15 No.16 No.17 No.18 No.19 No.20
No.31 No.32 No.33 No.34 No.35 No.36 No.37 No.38 No.39 No.40
No.41 No.42 No.43 No.44 No.45 No.46 No.47 No.48 No.49 No.50
No.51 No.52 No.53 No.54 No.55 No.56 No.57 No.58 No.59 No.60
No.61 No.62 No.63 No.64 No.65 No.66 No.67 No.68 No.69 No.70
No.71 No.72 No.73 No.74 No.75 No.76 No.77 No.78 No.79  

West Gallery No 1: Newsletter of the WGMA - November 1990 - Ed. Gordon Ashman - A4 spiral bound:
14 pages + covers, with separate music supplement: Shropshire Funeral Hymn ("Weep not for me"),
Music: Calcutta, Bonaparte's Air (Ps 99 NV), The Baldon Carol, New Victory.
Letter from England - Stephen Banfield, originally written for the Sonneck Society for American studies - general background to WG music
West Galleries in Royal Dockyards - Philip MacDougall - summary of ongoing research
The Complexities of Copyright - Rollo Woods
Photocopying - A Moral Dimension
Review of Folk on Two - WG Music Weekend - Cindy Sughrue
Notes on the Music Supplement included with the newsletter - Gordon Ashman
A Long Way from England - Rollo Woods - commentary on an Inuit recording from Labrador
The Farmers Toast - Gordon Ashman - commentary on the song printed on old beer mugs
The WGMA and the Data Protection Act - Gordon Ashman
Kilvert and the WG Tradition - Gordon Ashman - relevant extracts from Kilvert's Diary
West Galleries at Petton and North Creake - Gordon Ashman
The Tips of the Icebergs? - Gordon Ashman - thoughts following formation of WGMA
Songs of Praise - Gordon Ashman - commentary following WGMA participation in TV programme
News (and a Job) for Nottingham Members - Gordon Ashman - commentary on recently discovered book of music
WGMA Conference - call for papers
Forthcoming Events

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West Gallery No 2: Newsletter of the WGMA - April 1991 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - 10 pages + covers,
Thomas Hawkes of Williton - Bob & Jackie Patten
The Grace Darling Singers - David Ward - account of a practice night + some NW sources
The Music of Thomas Clark - Stephen Weston
The Great Surplice Question - Gordon Ashman - short commentary on the robing of choirs
The Hymn Tune Index - Nicholas Temperley - introducing his major work + reference to tune supplement with No 1
Mr Spectator - Steve Roud - contributor of 1712 letter from complaining clergyman
The Golden Calm - Mary Dalton - contributor of quotation from this work, c. 1840
Stained Glass and Sealing Wax - Caroline Humphreys - archivist and WGMA member
Claire's Quire - Alan Weeks - 1st performance of new WG quire
Lightcliffe Old Church - Gordon Ashman
lronbridge Gathering - Caroline Humphreys - review of most recent weekend gathering
The Sad Tale of Owen Jones Williams - Claire Rowland - biography of a Welsh composer
What Did They Wear? - Gordon Ashman - list of fabrics & garments available in WG period
The Royal School of Church Music - Rollo Woods - WG items in their library

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West Gallery No 3: Newsletter of the WGMA - February 1992 Ed: Gordon Ashman - 24 pages + covers,
Separate music supplement: The Good Old Way, Blundell's Plaintive, Bethesda ('Join all the glorious names'), 'Rejoice the Lord is King'
While Shepherds Watched on Ilkley Moor - David Ward - article on Yorkshire tunes to this carol
Book Review - Bands by Trevor Herbert - Gordon Ashman - 19th & 20th century brass bands
The WG Tradition in the Isle of Man - Ed Maddrell
Daily Telegraph 17.12.199O - report of carol singers prevented from celebrating in their own church - by the Vicar!
Obituary - Christopher Monk - Phil & Anne Humphries
Daily Telegraph 2.11.1991 - letter concerning use of sheep as central heating in Welsh chapel
Whither the WGMA? - Gordon Ashman-report of discussion at most recent Ironbridge weekend
West Gallery Folklore - Rollo Woods - some apochryphal stories
Review - The lronbridge Hompipe Ed. G. Ashman - (tune book) - Caroline Humphreys
Lightcliffe Old Chapel Hymnbook - Ed Maddrell - follow-up to article in No 2
West Galleries in Cornwall - Harry Woodhouse - current state of progress of research project

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West Gallery No 4: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 1992-3 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - 20 pages + covers,
Separate music supplement: New Sabbath, The Downfall of Paris, WSWTFBN from Uriah Davenport's Psalm-Singer's
Companion, facsimile page from 1757 Psalter.
The Mellstock Gallery - David Ward - article on reinstatement of gallery in Stinsford Church
Part Assignment in WG Choirs - Dave Townsend - paper presented at WGMA Conference
West Gallery Bibliography - Steve Fletcher - appeal for information I titles for inclusion
1993 and Beyond - Gordon Ashman - suggestions for the future of WGMA
The Victoria County History - Gordon Ashman - information
Losses and Gains - Gordon Ashman - report of 2 deaths and a birth
Dorothy Wordsworth's Journal - excerpt appropriate to WG
A Prayer in Time of Tumult or War - possibly useful in a period service
Forthcoming Events

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West Gallery No 5: Newsletter of the WGMA - Summer 1993 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - 28 pages + covers
Final Spark - Gordon Ashman - anecdote on his offer to sing Vital Spark for Dennis Skinner, MP
What We Did To Wesley - Gordon Ashman - treatment of John Wesley at the hands of the established church
A Receipt to Make Jumballs - a 1767 recipe
Uriah Davenport & the Psalm Singers of Rushton, Staffordshire - Nigel Tringham
Davenport's Music - an anthem (Ps 150) and 2 hymns (Christmas & Easter)
WG Music In Cornwall - Harry Woodhouse - extended article based on his research
Boume on Musical Instruments - Gordon Ashman - some thoughts from the founder of Primitive Methodism
WG Weekend in Chester - Gordon Ashman - promotional article

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At this point the Newsletter became a paper publication for a time, initially a folded A3 sheet, later in A5 format, one an 8 page booklet and the remainder a single A4 sheet folded to 4 x A5 pages. It was re-titled WG News and contained notices, forthcoming events, information about recordings and publications, notes and queries etc. Numbering began again at 1. Two copies of the existing A5 booklet West Gallery were published between newsletters and re-designated as the Journal. Numbering continued from the previous multi-page booklets.

WG News No 1 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - February 1994 - A3 sheet folded into 4 x A4 pages

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West Gallery No 6: Journal of the WGMA - Spring 1994 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - 20 pp + covers
'Prayer Book' Parish Churches - Gordon Ashman - typical 'post Roman Catholicism' church buildings and layout Location of
'Prayer Book' Churches - Gordon Ashman - map of England and Welsh border + listings by county
The Larks of Dean and Their Music - Jean Seymour - reprint of text from a workshop at the Chester Weekend, concerning the people behind the music in which The Larks of Dean Quire specialises.
Best Hymns are Ancient, not Modern - Daily Telegraph extract concerning hymns in Exeter Cathedral
Jordan - Gordon Ashman requests help in tracking down a hymn
Bright Believing Bands - David Ward - an exploration of why we sing what we sing, and enjoy it!
Northfield - words and music for the popular shape-note hymn
Priest Pleads for Still Small Voices - another Daily Telegraph extract

WG News No 2 Ed: Gordon Ashman - September 1994 - A3 sheet folded into 4 x A4 pages

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West Gallery No 7: Journal of the WGMA - Spring 1994 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - 20 pp + covers
Can a Dance Survive for 1,200 Years? - Alan Nowell - The Wyresdale Greensleeves Dance, following reference
to it at an Ironbridge weekend
Greensleeves - the version of the tune used for the above dance
Yes, but where is Greensleeves' mate? - Gordon Ashman - thoughts on the origins of the song
Music - Hymn 588: John Hall I Charles Wesley
- Jordan following the request in No.6
Bass Viol or Cello - And Does it Matter? - Gordon Ashman - 4 pages inc. diagrams, further page of illustration + refs
Faith and West Gallery Music - Bernard Collard - discourse on whether we believe what we sing

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WG News No 3 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - February 1995 - A5 booklet of 8 pages
WG News No 4 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - September 1995 - A4 sheet folded into 4 x A5 pages
WG News No 5 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - January 1996 - A4 sheet folded into 4 x A5 pages
WG News No 6 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - May 1996 - A4 sheet folded into 4 x A5 pages
WG News No 7 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - October 1996 - A4 sheet folded into 4 x A5 pages

The A5 multi-page booklet West Gallery was then reinstated as the Newsletter under a new editor. Numbering continued with Number 8 following on from the last Journal, Number 7.

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West Gallery No 8: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 1997 - Ed: Brian Fisk - 36 pages + covers
Decay In the English Church: The Rise & Fall of the West Galleries - Ken Baddley
Book review: The Singing Seat - Fenella Bazin - WG music from Catsfield, Sussex
'Left-footers' in the West Gallery - Mary & Sydney Hemsley - transcript of a talk given at the Exeter weekend - 'left-footers' is a Protestant term for Roman Catholics
Copyright - Brian Fisk - history of relevant legislation
CD Review: Vital Spark Present Vital Spark - Ken Baddley
Beer for the Ringers, Malt and Hops for the Singers - Lyn Law - St Thomas's Church, Lymington, inc. extracts from Churchwardens' accounts
Costume - the Experience of the Thomas Clark Quire - Jan Wilson & Helen Mitcham - useful tips for quires who
like to dress up
In Brief - notes and queries etc
The Alto's Lament - anonymous poem contributed and slightly amended by Jean Seymour
The Colby Manuscripts - Francis Roads - WG music from the Isle of Man
Madding Crowd Annual Party - Pat Williams - account of festive fun and frolics
Early Music Forum Psalmody Workshops - Sally Drage
Review: WGMA Winter Meeting at Sheffield - Ken Baddley
Letter - Gordon Ashman explains his handing over of various sets of WG reins
Diary Dates

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West Gallery No 9: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 1997-8 - Ed: Brian Fisk - 23 pages + front cover
Called To Be Saints - Janet Salway - details of a new quire
Review: Grenoside (Sheffield) Weekend - Mike Spittal
Many Thanks - Gordon & Isabella Ashman express gratitude for continued support
Instrumentation & Music of the Church Choir-Band in Eastern England, with particular reference to Northamptonshire, during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries - Stephen Weston - brief description of his thesis, deposited at Leicester University Library
WGMA mailing list on the Internet - some recent postings, edited by Brian Fisk - contributions from Steve Fletcher, Christopher Densmore (USA), Arlie Prokop (USA), Bernard Collard, Tony Singleton, Francis Roads, Sue Glover and Dick Wolff. Bernard and Tony each wrote a review of the WG weekend at Bishop's Cleeve.
With a Little Help from our Friends in the North - Sheila Smith - Sussex Harmony concert raises query about dimly remembered WG-style tune sung in Lancs, later identified as Dorset tune, leading to musings on tune-travel.

Gordon Ashman then edited one further issue before Jean Seymour took over

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West Gallery No 10: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 1998 - Ed: Gordon Ashman - 28 pages + covers
The Rise & Fall of WG Musicians in Wiltshire - Alan Dodge
Book Review: Face the Music: Church & Chapel Bands in Cornwall by Harry Woodhouse - Ken Baddley
Anniversaries 1998 - Sally Drage on this year's opportunities to celebrate 100th, 150th & 200th dates of some
WG composers and Isaac Watts
Manchester - CM hymn tune
Clacton 1997 - Sally Drage reviews the 2nd Conference on Georgian Psalmody
Going Plygain - Gordon Ashman - a Welsh singing tradition
Various 'notes and queries'
Musical References and Anti-Methodist Feeling in Paupers and Pig-Killers - the Diary of William Holland, a Somerset Parson, 1799 - 1818 - Jean Seymour
The WG Harmony Book - News and Plans - Gordon Ashman on the publication of Book 2, (Carols) and possible reprint of Book 1 (Psalms & Hymns)
Review: Brightest and Best (Village Carols from Beeston) - Gordon Ashman
Internet Snippets - contributed by Judy Whiting

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West Gallery No 11: Newsletter of the WGMA - Autumn 1998 - Ed: Jean Seymour- 32 pages + covers
Isaac Watts - A Brief History - David Stow
Billings on the Fourth of July - David Ward - review of a singing-day
Reviews: Hymns for Ascension Day - Richard Leach - 3 Charles Wesley facsimile publications
Hymn for Whitsunday
Hymns on the Great Festivals and Other Occasions
Deja Vu, Already - Alan Weeks - some thoughts on the origins of the term West Gallery
WG Scores for Workshops - Francis Roads - with examples of music
Wand'ring Cisterns in the Sky - Eileen Wilson reports on the annual tour of Called To Be Saints
Old Goodshaw Chapel Anniversary - Terry Savage
Nothing New There Then - Sue Glover finds a 12th century criticism of singers
Revival at St Botolph's - Francis Roads - tongue-in-cheek account of imaginary WG performance
WG Choirs - Evidence from Lucy Broadwood's Letters - Lewis Jones
Selected comments from George Gay's preface to Sacred Music - supplied by Ros Clements
The Parson's Pleasance by P H. Ditchfield - Jean Seymour - extracts, with linking commentary
News from the North East - Chris Gardner reports on a recent performance by Joyful Noise
Caption Competition
Quire News I Diary Dates

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West Gallery No 12: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 1998 - Ed: Jean Seymour- 28 pages + covers
Review: lronbridge 1998 - Ken Baddley
An Alternative Method of Indexing Themes - Francis Roads - i.e. an alternative to Nicholas Temperley's system
Letters to the Editor
Serpents at Sidmouth - Craig Kridel - a US member's view, originally written for US readers
Review: Memoirs of a Primitive Methodist - Henry Green (1855-1932) Ed. Dr Winifred Stokes - Ken Baddley
Notes and Queries
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? - Rollo Woods - Snippet with 2-verse improvised hymn by Charles Wesley, set to a secular tune
O, What a Glorious Storm We Then Espied - some notes on Bishop's Cleeve - Stephen Jones
Church Basses in New England - contributed by Julian Pilling - short extract from US book
Caption Competition
Two Memorials from Norwich Cathedral - contributed by Gordon Ashman
Advent Calendar of a WG Junkie - Francis Roads details his recent punishing schedule
Review: Festival of Village Carols (Sheffield 1998) - Thelma Wright
A Georgian Evensong in Norfolk - Ros Clements - report of a recent event where London Gallery Quire combined with local (Norfolk) choir / musicians / congregation
Quire News and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No 13: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 1999 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
Membership Survey - Gordon Ashman outlines history of WGMA to date and introduces forthcoming survey
Directory Additions and Amendments
How Typical a Parish Clerk? - Ros Clements selects from The Works of Alexander Pope
Judge Me, O Lord - Francis Roads contributes a tune from a Manx manuscript for Ps 26 NV
Reviews: The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study by Richard Watson - Robin Leaver
West Gallery Music - Vol 1: General Service Music compiled & edited by Francis Roads - Jean Seymour The Ubiquitous
Isaac watts - The Madding Crowd's 250th Anniversary Concert - Ken Baddley
Quire News I Diary Dates
Copyright - Francis Roads explains the position as he understands it
The Venue from Hell - Don Grimshaw describes a recent Madding Crowd concert
Military Band Instruments in the WG Period - Gordon Ashman
Curious Cuttings - contributed by Jean Seymour and James Forsyth
Miserable Dumbledores? - Rollo Woods describes the restored barrel organ in Steeple, Dorset
Notes and Queries

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West Gallery No 14: Newsletter of the WGMA - Autumn 1999 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
From the Secretary - Jackie Patten gives advance notices, Directory amendments etc
Letter to the Editor
Three Harks and a Bostoff - Gordon Ashman on a Shropshire version of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, to the tune Snedshill Forge (with music)
Review: Repeat their Sounding Joy - The Gladly Solemn Sound CD - Ken Baddley
The Flight (and Robson) of the Bumblebee - Christopher Turner on barrel organs
What's in a Name? - Alan Weeks - a multitude of tunes named Exeter
WGMA Balance Sheet for 1998 - Alan Weeks
Norumbega Harmony Celebrates Isaac Watts - Bruce Randall describes an anniversary sing in Boston, Mass.
Singing at Gwehelog - Ken Baddley reports on a singing-day in his Welsh village
Familiar Tunes Herald in Christmas - Mike Silkstone - article on carolling in Yorkshire, reprinted from The Dalesman, Dec 1995
Carolling in 18th & 19th Century Kent - George Frampton
Composing for the Gallery - Francis Roads on his recent WG-style compositions
In Thee I Put My Steadfast Trust - Francis Roads' tune Lewes set to Ps7l NV
David Turton, Musician at Horbury - Sally Drage contributes extracts from Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents & Strange Events by Baring-Gould
Anecdotes Concerning Three Essex Composers - Peter Goodwin
Quire News

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West Gallery No 15: Newsletter of the WGMA - January 2000 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
WGMA Goes North - review by Alan Weeks of Durham Weekend, Oct 99
WG at Whitby - review by Tim Hudson of workshops at Whitby Folk Festival Aug 99
Carols in August - review by Penny Rowlinson of workshops at Sidmouth Folk Festival 99
Publication Review: Georgian Psalmody 2 + Music Supplement from 2nd Clacton conference, by Jackie Patten
The Old Way of Singing - a late example - Stephen Woods
Letters to the Editor
A Selection of Epitaphs - contributed by Sally Drage
Leading WG Music - hints for potential conductors from Francis Roads
Ps 136 NV to Ralph Harrison's Greenwich - setting by Francis Roads _
Telegraph Does It Again - some recent reports of WGMA interest, discussed by Jean Seymour
The Village Music Project - Cherri Graebe describes research project + seeks help in identifying some psalm tunes
Notes and Queries
Quire News

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West Gallery No 16: Newsletter of the WGMA - May 2000 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Administration of the WGMA - Gordon Ashman explains his current situation
From the Secretary - Jackie Patten re subscriptions, BBC Music Live, Sweatshirts, Workshop Leaders list
Obituary: Mary Dalton - Gordon and Isabella Ashman
Vaughan Williams, Thomas Hardy & Village Church Psalmody - Alan Dodge - reprinted from Journal of RVW Soc
Saving the Henry Watson Library - Sally Drage discusses threatened closure of this important Manchester resource
The "Real History" Wedding - Paul Guppy describes Gladly Solemn Sound's participation in TV 1840s wedding
Letters to the Editor
Review: Mellstock Band - The Dance at the Phoenix - Mike Bailey
WGMA Balance Sheet for 1999 - Alan Weeks
Quire News
The Chorister's Confession - Stephanie Brown contributes anonymous pastiche of Prayer Book General Confession
Workshop in Aberdeen, Feb 2000 - David Welch
Serendipity in Cyber Space, and my Junk Room - David Stow on finding Sweet Zion Bells in both those places -
+ music
Halsway, February 2000 - Don Grimshaw reports on Madding Crowd's annual party weekend
The Mass House Quire - Chris Gardner on WG period singing by Roman Catholics, focusing on Claughton Chapel
Alternative Seating for the Quire - snippet from Sally Drage describing Methodist cottage-chapel in Bolton, Lancs
Notes and Queries
A Musical Joke - Lewis Jones
WGMA Autumn Weekend, Stamford - advance notice

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West Gallery No 17: Newsletter of the WGMA - September 2000 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
The Future of the WGMA - statement by Advisory Group
WG Music Invades America - Bruce Randall talks about his WG workshops and quire in New England
In Search of the Perfect Fiddle - Cherri Graebe describes the renovation of an 18th century instrument
Old Goodshaw Chapel Sermons - David Welch describes his visit in July 2000
A Load of Bulls - apocryphal bull / music stories contributed by Brenda Neece
Rules of Kenardington Psalm Singers - Helen Mitcham compares rules for Kentish Anglicans with those for Lancs
Roman Catholics at Claughton
Review: Ironbridge 2000 - Don Grimshaw - includes photograph of double-length serpent
Letters to the Editor
A Different Slant on a Familiar Subject - David Stow on replacement of church band by organ, against wishes of
Music: Psalm 97 OV to Daventry Minister; Psalm 98 NV to St Stephen
Notes and Queries
Afloat on a Sea of Music - reprint of David Ward's article in The Guardian about The Grace Darling Singers
The Earl and the Stonemason - Ian Meddoms gives background to forthcoming Methodist Bicentennial in Warwick
The Village Choir - anonymous pastiche on The Charge of the Light Brigade contributed by Mike Bailey
Affordable Music Software - Ken Baddley compares currently available programs
Call to Quires to participate in Trafalgar Night concert at Chatham Dockyard Church - Stephen Jones
Quire News / Diary Dates

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West Gallery No 18: Newsletter of the WGMA - January 2001 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
From the Secretary - Jackie Patten re subscriptions, WGMA weekends, promoting WGMA, sweatshirts,
Directory amendments
WGMA Questionnaire Results - Gordon Ashman analyses recent survey of members
Review: Praise & Glory - Francis Roads assesses the new WGMA psalter
Chevening Singers 1: Earl Stanhope 0 - Helen Mitcham on strained relationships between 18th C singers & gentry
Reports of Events:   Sidmouth Folk Festival - Alan Weeks
  Beaminster Gallery Quire concert - Alan Weeks
  WG Workshop, Ebchester - Paul Gailiunas
  WGMA Weekend, Stamford - Alan Weeks
  Trafalgar Day concert, Chatham - Mike Bailey
  Festival of Village Carols, Sheffield - Sheila Smith and Edwin Macadam
The Cornish Carollers - Dudley Currah focuses chiefly on Thomas Merritt and Cornwall / Australia connections
Spoken Extempore to a Country Clerk after hearing him sing Psalms - derogatory 17th C verse contributed by Sally Drage
Quire News
Notes and Queries

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West Gallery No 19: Newsletter of the WGMA - May 2001 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
A West Gallery Treasure - Elizabeth Raymont writes about a family Prayer Book with Old Version metricated psalms
In Search of John Smeeton - Jean Seymour responds to a query about music on a Leicestershire gravestone
Reviews and Reports - Praise & Glory: Edward Whickham
Event Reports:
  Sacred Harp Sing & WG Church Tour in the NE, March 2001 - Rita Powell
  Warwick the Sing-Maker: Alan Weeks reports on Methodist Bicentennial celebrations
Pronouncement from Methodist Annual Conference, Sheffield 1805 - contributed by Sheila Smith
19th C hymn by John Mason Neale - (words only) relevant to current foot & mouth disease crisis
WG period instruments - Arlie Prokop's photographs of displays at St Fagan's Museum, Cardiff
Letters to the Editor
Church Music in Kent, 1847 - contributed by Sally Drage
WG Costume, then and now - Maggi Adams comments on decisions about what to wear
On the Street Sellers of 2nd-hand Musical Instruments - from London Labour & the London Poor; contributed by Antonina Spittal
Religious Intolerance in 1805 - a further contribution by Sheila Smith, taken from The Methodist Magazine
John Sivewright - A Scottish Singing Master - David Welch
Quire News
Notes & Queries

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West Gallery No 20: Newsletter of the WGMA - September 2001 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
WGMA Committee election results
What a Joyful Noise! - Alan Weeks reports on a singing day at Gibside Chapel, Northumberland
Bad Singing Still - Chris Gardner comments on historical and recent opinions about singing in churches
More WG Treasure - Harry Woodhouse follows up on Elizabeth Raymont's article in issue 19
From Our Antipodean Correspondent - James Forsyth reports on a WG concert in New South Wales, Australia
Averil Cakes - Ken Baddley tries out a recipe for funeral cakes
Thomas Turner of East Hoathly - Ken Baddley explores details recorded by a village undertaker in Sussex
Ushaw College - Alan Weeks on a day spent exploring the musical archives of this former RC seminary
Where Can I Find WG Material? Part I - Recordings - a listing of WG resources by Tony Singleton
Music: "Blow ye the trumpet, blow" to Rotherhithe, transcribed by Francis Roads
Event Reports: Old Goodshaw Chapel Sermons - David Welch on the July 2001 annual service in Lancashire
WGMA Ironbridge weekend - John Miles on the May 2001 sessions
A Witham Choir Book - Peter Goodwin explores an Essex manuscript
New WG Churches Website - Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Smith announce their new site
A Timely Extract - Sue Glover contributes a post-election amusing extract from John Brand's Popular Antiquities
Letters to the Editor
Televised Matins from Norwich - Chris Gutteridge describes the experience of recording a Georgian Matins
Quire News and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No 21: Newsletter of the WGMA - January 2002 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Once More unto the Breeches - Helen Mitcham describes how to adapt trousers into breeches
What Did They Wear? - Gordon Ashman provides a stock list of fabrics and sundries from a Ludlow warehouse 1775
A Spate of Singing Lofts - David Welch provides information and illustrations of some Scottish west galleries
Event Reports:
  WGMA Weekend, Warwick Oct 2001 - Mike Spittal
  WG workshops at Whitby Folk Week, August 2001 - Tim Hudson
Review: Vital Spark CD - There Were Shepherds - Mike Walker
Where Can I Find WG Material? Part 2 - Books - a listing of WG resources by Tony Singleton
The Ephraim Watson Manuscript - update on the WGMA publication from Isabella Ashman
Once in a Blue Moon - Maggi Adams reports on the first of an occasional series of singing days
The Nature and Excellence of Music - Sally Drage contributes part of a sermon preached in Suffolk in 1787
Psalms Against the Plague - Alan Weeks draws to our attention a 500 years old musical celebration of delivery from the pestilence in Pforzheim, Germany
Letters to the Editor
Tell me the Old, Old Story? - Linda Hall offers some 19th century comments from the clergy, and lists references to galleries in various publications
Quire News and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No 22: Newsletter of the WGMA - May 2002 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Obituary: Christopher Turner - Peter Holman
WGMA Past, Present & Future - Jackie Patten
Book Review: Celestial Anthems - Poems by John Cennick - Rollo Woods
Tips on Conducting - Mike Bailey
A demanding job description - Chris Gardner contributes a historic but undated advertisement for a conductor
22 Tunes and a Hermit - Paul Guppy explores a Cornish manuscript
David Everard Ford - Lyn Law explores the man behind an 1822 psalm & hymn tune collection
St Mary's, Sunbury-on-Thames - Linda Hall looks into the history of a formerly-galleried church
Jonathan Ryle's Music Books & Congregationalist Hymnody - Win Stokes on a Durham musician at the turn of the 18th/19th century. One of his tunes, Prudhoe, is included.
Christmas Music Workshop, Gainford, December 2001 - report by Ed Maddrell
Strings for Fiddles, and Foulmarts' Heads - Chris Gardner writes about some of his finds in Durham County Record Office
Letters to the Editor
Quire News and Diary Dates
Poems: To Mr Knapp, on his "New Church Melody" - from the preface to "NCM" 2nd Edition, via Sally Drage
A Church Romance - Thomas Hardy, contributed by Linda Hall

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West Gallery No 23: Newsletter of the WGMA - September 2002 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
(erroneously numbered 24)
Advance notice of WGMA October 2003 weekend in Ambleside - Alan Weeks
Hymn Tune Index on the Internet - Nicholas Temperley
Strict Baptists: A Riposte - Chris Gardner forwards a response to the job ad. in number 22
The WG Wedding of the Century - Jenny Ellis reports on the recent Macadam nuptials
... and a personal message from the bride and groom - the Macadams respond
More Galleries Past & Present - a further selection from Linda Hall
The Ironbridge Experience - Alan Weeks reports on the May 2002 WGMA weekend
Coincidences, Contradictions & Confusion in Norfolk - Chris Gutteridge describes his searches and researches for manuscripts and instruments, including serpents and an iron cello
The Robert Waller Manuscript - Francis Roads discusses the Norfolk ms referred to by Chris Gutteridge
An Effusive Sermon - Sally Drage contributes an extract from a 1724 sermon which offers very over-the-top comments on music in divine worship
Some Reminiscences on Keith Singers - David Welch on the church musicians in a small Banffshire town
Blackshawhead Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Band - Leslie Morgan looks into the history of this chapel near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Quire News and Diary Dates
WG & Sacred Harp singing dates and contacts

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West Gallery No 24: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 2002/3 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
(numbered 24A in view of the above error in 23)
John Wesley Tercentenary - Ken Baddley offers advice and content suggestions to those planning events in 2003
Sir John Hawkins: Burn His History! - Mike Bailey belatedly reviews an edition from 1875 of a 1776 publication; A General History of the Science and Practice of Music
Cornish Carolling / That Bugbear, Boxing Day - Alan Seymour and Jackie Patten respectively contribute these 19th century views of festive singing
Come and Worship - Paul Gailiunas gives information about this carol and its appearances in print
Doctor in the Gallery - Francis Roads describes the long slog towards his recent PhD award
Letters to the Editor
Alcwyn Evans MS in Carmarthen Archives - Mike Bailey gives details of a manuscript worthy of study
Book Review: West Gallery Christmas Music from Northamptonshire by Stephen Weston - Jean Seymour
Event Reports:
  WG at Whitby Folk Festival, August 2002 by Tim Hudson
  Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside, November 2002 by Mike Spittal
  London Gallery Quire's Church Crawl, September 2002 by Alan Weeks, augmented by John Miles
  WGMA Weekend, Symonds Yat, October 2002 by Terry Savage
Quire News and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No 25: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 2003 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Obituary: Roy Cavie - Tony Singleton
Elias Hall & the Development of WG Music in Oldham - Sally Drage
Events Reports: Blaydon workshop and Evensong, 15/16 February 2003 - Alan Weeks
Goring workshop and Evensong, 2 February 2003 - Tony Singleton
Skipton workshop and Evensong, 2 March 2003 - Pat Schofield
The Larks of Dean Quire and the Tuesday Occasionals in Concert - David Stow
Letters to the Editor
Editing for Mainstream Choirs - Francis Roads on making WG music accessible to non-specialists
Music: Ps 122 NV by Thomas Clark, edited by Francis Roads
John Beaumont: First Preacher-Musician - Chris Gardner presents a 1943 account of the life and music of a Yorkshire Methodist
More Gallery Info - Linda Hall builds on her previous catalogues of extant and former galleries
Vital Spark Down Under - Stella Hardy finds Pope's Ode quoted on a New Zealand memorial
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West Gallery No 26: Newsletter of the WGMA - Summer 2003 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Obituary: Chris White - Helen Mitcham
More on John Wesley and Music - Sally Drage adds to the information given by Ken Baddley in issue No 24A
Music: Dartford (anon)
Good Health is Next to Godliness - Jean Seymour selects some of John Wesley's favourite remedies and treatments
The Purdys: Links with Wesley and the WGMA - Ken Baddley sets down his remarks from Ironbridge 2003
Music: Cornish or Weston Favel by Victory Purdy
Letters to the Editor
Monymusk Psalmody Workshop, February 2003 - report by David Welch
Music: Westminster by John Wesley, words by Charles Wesley
Immanuel's Ground at Warwick - Ken Baddley reports on a "Churches Together in Warwick" Songs of Praise service
WGMA Recording at Halsway Manor - Maggi Adams reports on the laying down of tracks for a WGMA CD
Ironbridge Weekend 2003 - Alan Weeks reports on the WGMA spring gathering
Quire News and Diary Dates
Extract: Hind's Annals of Bedale - contributed by Sally Drage

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West Gallery No 27: Newsletter of the WGMA - Autumn 2003 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Obituary: Gordon Ashman - Mike Bailey
Gordon Ashman & the WGMA - Dave Townsend
Gordon Ashman Remembered - Ian Russell
A Personal Memoir - Sheila and Edwin Macadam
Thanksgiving Service for Gordon - Isabella Ashman
A Church Behind its time - Jean Seymour comments on Old St Stephen's Church, Fylingthorpe
Bedford Gallery Quire Inaugural Meeting - Alan Weeks
The Importance of Proof-Reading - genuine church 'bulletin bloopers' contributed by Judy Whiting
Event Reports:
  Charity Sing in the NE - Janet Purdy on an event for Cancer Relief in memory of Chris Whiting
  Mow Cop Anniversary Service - Sally Drage on this year's annual service at the home of Primitive Methodism
  WG at Sidmouth Folk Festival - Alan Weeks
  WGMA Research Seminar, Liverpool - Jean Seymour on this the 1st annual event
  WG at Whitby Folk Festival - Tim Hudson
Victorian Baroque: the Idiom of the West Gallery - Francis Roads' illustrated talk to the Royal College of Music
Two Happy Accidental Finds:
(1) Uproar in Liskeard Church (1832) - contributed by Alan Seymour
(2) Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society - Olga Shotton contributes a newspaper report of an after-dinner talk on 'old village music', to be published in The Musical Times April 1923
William Jackson of Exeter - Alan Weeks reports on an Exeter Festival fringe concert featuring this WG composer
Hymn Raising in the Isle of Man - Fenella Bazin reports on an interesting custom still extant on the island
Quire News
Forthcoming Quire-Organised Events
Singing Dates

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West Gallery No 28: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 2003/4 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Obituaries: Gordon Ashman (1) Dave Townsend, reprinted from The Guardian 6.10.03
(2) John Powell, reprinted from Friends of Ironbridge Gorge Museum newsletter. Autumn 03
Memorial Verse for Gordon Ashman - Gordon Hindley
Letters to the Editor
Redressing the Balance - Rollo Woods summarises 2 sources (1921 and 1923) complimentary to village WG quires
The Fall of Eve - Chris Gutteridge describes 2 recent WG musical experiences involving his band and singers
Event Reports:
  Workshop and Service, Blyth - Ros Clements
  London Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Alan Weeks
  Joyful Noise Lanchester Weekend - Paul Emmerson
  The Great Salvation Workshop Day - Mike Walker
  WG Weekend, Rydal Halll - Mike Spittal
Some Christmas Memories - Chris Gardner contributes a lively account of Doing the Rounds in a 19th century Durham mining village, as set down in True Stories of Durham Pit-Life (1911)
A Country Celebration of the Wesley Centennial - Fenella Bazin describes how the Methodists of Bride, the most northerly village in the Isle of Man, celebrated the event
And to round off the Wesley tercentenary year - Janet Salway contributes a 'curate's egg' comment on Wesley's
influence (complimentary) and Methodist tunes (anything but)
WG Music in Boston Massachusetts - Francis Roads reports on his workshop across the pond
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West Gallery No 29: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 2004 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
The Lindsey Melodies - Edmund Gooch analyses a Lincolnshire music book
CD Review: Ghosts and Lovers by the Mellstock Band - Peter and Wendy Carnell
Singing in the Village Choir - Julian Pilling responds to Francis Roads' article Victorian Baroque in West Gallery 28
Thomas Moore's Pocket and Delightful Companions - David Welch considers two 18th century Scottish collections of psalms
Workshop Banana Skins - Francis Roads warns of some pitfalls that can plague workshop leaders
Letters to the Editor
To Gallery Singers by Rowland Hill (1744-1833) - Sally Drage contributes this poem which criticises the gallery singers of his time
The Madding Crowd's house party at Halsway Manor, as seen by Don Grimshaw
A (Francis) Roads Show - Stella Hardy reports on a Roads workshop where she meets a long-lost relative
To Mr Knapp, on his New Church Melody - Sally Drage contributes verses from the preface to Knapp's publication
Quire News and Diary Dates
Two Interesting Epitaphs: (Michael Turner and John Roberts) - contributed by Jean Seymour and Tricia Guy

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West Gallery No 30: Newsletter of the WGMA - Summer 2004 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Event Reports:
  SW Quires Day - Terry Savage
  WGMA Weekend, Horncastle - John Miles
  Wealden Church Crawl - Tony Singleton
  Mid-Northumberland Church Tour - Alan Weeks
A Singular Instance of Sagacity in a Dog - Ken Baddley contributes an amusing letter from the Methodist Magazine, 1809, detailing an incident from 50 years earlier.
Clefs and Conservatism - Edmund Gooch offers some notes on allocation of parts, use of clefs, and domestic performance from Samuel Webbe jr, and on the Morning and Evening Service (1795) by Rev Wm Jones
William Byrd's Reasons briefely set down by th'author, to perswade Everyone to learne to sing (1588) - Norman Johnson contributes these 8 pearls of wisdom
Heavy Editing - Francis Roads explains his reasons for sometimes 'improving upon' music found in mss.
When is a Chorister not a Chorister? - Chris Gardner contributes a letter of 1796 concerning the choristers at Bath Abbey, who were provided by the Blue Coat Charity School
Letters to the Editor
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West Gallery No 31: Newsletter of the WGMA - Autumn 2004 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Letters to the Editor
West Gallery at Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson reports
West Gallery Music in the West - Bruce Randall reports on his Minneapolis workshop - 6 time-zones west of the UK!
Book Review: Is that the right tune? by Brian F. Spinney - Mike Bailey reviews this "exploration into the sources and settings of texts and tunes used in English hymnody".
Two Scottish Psalm-Tune Composers - Katie Bishop discusses Dr Andrew Mitchell Thompson (St George's, Edinburgh) and Robert Archibald Smith (Invocation) - includes facsimile prints of the two named tunes.
Competition with Angels in Cells of Poverty - Chris Gardner on Blanchland Church in 1776.
A Cynic's View of Singers - Sally Drage contributes a couplet by Coleridge in answer to that by Byrd in No 30.
A Contemporary View of Instrumental Accompaniment - Francis Roads comments on a statement by Thomas Shoel in The Chearful Psalmodist (1809)
A Fortunate Discovery - Tim Henderson on Haweis's tune Aldwinkle, with two versions of the music
Trouble at the Top - Sally Drage contributes examples of rebellious 17th C choirs in Lincoln and Durham Cathedrals
A Note on Cornish Funerals - contributed by Rollo Woods
A Lancashire Tale - Alan Seymour contributes an amusing story: Country Choristers by Ben Wood
Sketches of Gainford Church - Paul Gailiunas supplies two pages from a mid-19th century sketchbook
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West Gallery No 32: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 2004/5 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Death Announcement: Ian Ashley of the John Moore Quire - Rita Powell
Obituary: David Spencer of Immanuel's Ground - Ian Meddoms
Event Reports:
  Oxford Church Crawl - Alan Weeks
  Workshop and Harvest Evensong - Chris Gardner
  WG Singing in Minnesota - Chris Brown
  WGMA Weekend, Ironbridge - Alan Weeks
  WGMA Composers' discussion at Ironbridge Weekend - Mike Bailey
  6th Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside - Mike Spittal
The Odcombe Carols - Brian Frosdick on the history of the carolling tradition in a Somerset village, and its recent new lease of life
Are we missing something? - Francis Roads evangelises for the inclusion of more plain and 3-part tunes, more anthems and other through-composed pieces, to balance the apparent popular preference for fuguing tunes. Includes a 3-part plain setting of Psalm 133
More Directions for Instrumental Accompaniment from the Prefaces of Early 19th Century Collections - Edmund Gooch adds to the topic explored by Francis Roads in issue no. 31
Ranters in Old Weardale - Chris Gardner contributes an extract from Fordyce's The History And Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham (1857)
The Choral Singer's Guide to Keeping the Conductor in Line - Sally Drage contributes a tongue-in-cheek list
from an article in The Singer
CD Review: Glad Tidings - Bob Schofield reviews the latest offering from The Mellstock Band
"Hark! Hark! What News..." - Rollo Woods suggests a different interpretation of extant information on this carol
Cals for the Scowl-Master and Candles for Singers - Chris Gardner explores the churchwardens' accounts from St Mary's Church, Gainford, Co. Durham
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West Gallery No. 33: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 2005 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Sidmouth 2005 is definitely happening - Mike Bailey reports on WG provision at the new-style Folk Festival
Letters to the Editor
West Gallery Music in Cornwall - Harry Woodhouse reports in close detail on his project to put all the available West Gallery music in Cornwall onto CD-ROM, for the benefit of WGMA members
Good Homes Wanted For Stray Basses - Paul Guppy asks for help in identifying some bass parts from a MS
CD Review - Ken Baddley reviews The Madding Crowd's recording, Hark, Shepherds, Hark
Reverend Surnames - Jean Seymour quotes some examples of appropriately-named clergy
Of W. G. Perry of Warwick, and his Original Sacred Melodies - Edmund Gooch explores this publication - includes a setting of St Mary's
A Serious Printer's Error - David Welch draws attention to a major gaffe in Dundee in 1841
A Singer's 10 Commandments - Sally Drage contributes an amusing list printed in a recent newsletter of The Unitarian Music Society
WG Singing Weekend in Yorkshire - Judy Whiting whets the appetite for a forthcoming event
Yet Another Mistake ... - Francis Roads updates an entry in his PhD thesis - includes a setting of Fawcett's Calvary
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West Gallery No. 34: Newsletter of the WGMA - Summer 2005- Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
CD Review: 'Haydn and his English Friends': 'Psalmody' and 'The Parley of Instruments', directed by Peter Holman - Chris Gardner
Never had I seen so many viols ... - Tim Henderson reports on the Thames Valley Early Music Forum's workshop of Christmas WG music
London Gallery Quire Go Posh in Piccadilly - Alan Weeks reports on the Friends of the Royal Academy's December 2004 carol service
Event Reports:   SW Quires Day, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Somerset - Eileen Wilson
  'Death & Resurrection' themed workshop at Snods Edge, Co Durham - Paul Emmerson
  Where Moses Stood: Workshop on Larks of Dean music, Rossendale, Lancs - Sheila Macadam
  Cornish Workshop - Alan Weeks
  Mid-Shires Quires' Day - Tony Singleton
  WGMA Spring Gathering, Exeter - Toby Parker
  Marsh Warblers' Church Crawl - John Miles in persona of Samuel Johnson
  Workshop & Evensong, Leeds - Tim Hudson
Introduction from William Jackson of Exeter's 'Hymns in three Parts' - contributed by Edmund Gooch
There's just no other word for it - Ken Baddley suggests Terzverschreibung to explain the accidental misplacement of notes within a stave
A Forgery of Sivewright's Psalmody - David Welch continues his occasional series on Scottish WG psalmody
Letters to the Editor
Quire News and Diary Dates
Research Opportunity - Bob Schofield's photograph of a music-related gravestone in Linton, Yorkshire

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West Gallery No. 35: Newsletter of the WGMA - Summer 2005 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Event Reports:
  Ring and Sing Thing - Alan Weeks on Beaminster Gallery Quire's combination event
  Accepted Widdop Weekend: Saturday workshop & service, Sunday Church Crawl in W. Yorks - Paul Emmerson
  Rollo Woods' 80th birthday surprise party - Harry Woodhouse
  Called to be Saints' 10th Birthday Church Crawl - Charlotte Bailey
  WGMA input at Sidmouth Folk Week - Mike Bailey and Alan Weeks
  North West Three Choirs Day, Rivington Chapel - Mike Walker
  Jayne Austen Fayre: themed weekend of period music and dancing with The Madding Crowd - Charlotte Bailey
  WG at Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson
A Research Opportunity - Rollo Woods gives some background information on potential research projects in Dorsetand Buckinghamshire
Letters to the Editor:
A Serpent in the Gallery - David Hayns reports on his own experience of playing in a church band in 1959, and explores some of the history of mid-18th to mid-19th century church bands
More on Editing - Paul Guppy invites comments on the interpretation of a piece of manuscript music
An old letter just come to light - Stephen Jones in persona of a 19th century naval officer describes an incidence of sacred music on board ship
Quire News and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No. 36: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 2005/6 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
From the Chairman - report on discussion re block purchase of Sibelius music software Obituary: Mike Walker - Judy Whiting WGMA Draft Constitution - Jean Seymour analyses results of previously circulated consultation questionnaire
Transatlantic Roads - Francis Roads reports on his recent singing experiences in the USA
Event Reports:
  London Gallery Quire church crawl, Sept 05 - Alan Weeks
  Thy Goodness Crowns the Year - Sheila Macadam on two Bedford Gallery Quire's Harvest concerts
  Harvest Festival, Eglingham, Northumberland - Pat Oldale
WGMA Weekend, Ironbridge, Oct 05 - Rita Powell
Where do those words come from? - Mike Bailey discusses some sources for hymn and psalm texts
A Tune Well Key'd - Tony Singleton discusses historical pitching methods and the historical use of pitch-pipes
Letters to the Editor
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West Gallery No. 37: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 2006 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Sidmouth Folk Week, August 2006 - Alan Weeks explains the latest developments for WG and related music at the forthcoming event
Obituaries - Janet Salway remembered by Eileen Wilson; Mavis Snellgrove remembered by Christine Dyer
London Gallery Quire's Christmas Concert - Mike Bailey reports on an enjoyable event
Joseph Featherston's Music Book - Win Stokes describes her research into a manuscript from Upper Weardale
Anthem 47 & 48: Guilt-Free Editing - Paul Guppy explains why it is sometimes necessary to alter what appears in a manuscript (illustrated)
The Madding Crowd's 9th Party Weekend - Don Grimshaw reports on the annual event at Halsway Manor.
Results of Browsings - Chris Gardner shares 1840s? newspaper cuttings concerning (1) John Wesley's Sacred Harmony and (2) the tune Cranbrook in secular usage
The Parish Clerk, Morebath, Devon, in the 1530s - research piece from Elisabeth Skinner, Univ. of Gloucs.
A Brace of Disasters - Terry Savage amuses with an account of two less-than-perfect Madding Crowd performances
Book Review: Gallery Graces Old & New - Alan Weeks reviews Chris Gardner's compilation, newly published by the WGMA (with music example)
CD Review: Awake Ye Mortals All - Tony Singleton reviews the latest recording by 'The Gladly Solemn Sound'
Miles Lane: the tune and the chapel - the fruits of London Gallery Quire member Tim Henderson's researches
An 1836 Scottish Concert of Sacred Music - David Welch analyses programme and probable performance aspects
Church Crawl, York, July 2006 - Chris Brown whets readers' appetites for this forthcoming event
Quire News and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No. 38: Newsletter of the WGMA - Summer 2006 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Event Reports:
  Joyful Noise Georgian Evensong, May 2006 - Paul Emmerson
  WGMA Spring Weekend, Bishop's Cleeve, May 2006 - Penny & John Rowlinson; Stella Hardy
Book Launch: The Everlasting Hills: Hymns from the Isle of Man - Fenella Bazin
Book Review: Ye Boundless Realms of Joy: 40 West Gallery hymns and Anthems from The Isle of Man compiled and edited by Francis Roads, reviewed by Paul Gailiunas
Extracts from Parson Woodeforde's Diary - Alan Seymour selects items of West Gallery interest from A Country Parson: James Woodeforde's Diary, 1759-1802
Review: Songs of Praise, BBC1, 21 May 2006 - Mike Spittal's take on a programme for the centenary of the publication of The English Hymnal, which featured members of the London Gallery Quire
What's in a Name? - Sheila Macadam reports on her rediscovery of Amram Taylor, an Oxfordshire WG composer
Lancashire and Cheshire Workingmen's Singing Classes - Jackie Patten contributes an 1845 newspaper report
The Alternative Singing Pages - 'Howleglass' presents a spoof advertising promotion for a singing event in Egypt
Letter to the Editor
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West Gallery No. 39: Newsletter of the WGMA - Autumn 2006 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Obituary: Jim Dalton 1914-2006 - Elizabeth & Dave Akhurst, followed by Thomas Hardy's poem 'Old Furniture' which Jim's family consider appropriate
Event Reports:
  Madding Crowd at Basildon Park, June 2006 - Penny Rowlinson
  Church Crawl, York, July 2006 - Paul Emmerson
  Mitford Weekend, July 2006 - separate reports by Win Stokes and Penny Rowlinson
  WGMA at Sidmouth Folk Week - Charlotte Bailey
  WG at Whitby Folk Festival - Tim Hudson
Letter to the Editor
Book Review: The Everlasting Hills: Hymns from the Isle of Man - Bob & Jackie Patten
John Hopkins, Metrical Psalmist and Rector of Great Waldingfield: co-author with Thomas Sternhold of the first National English hymn book 1562 - Toby Parker
Was City Church Music Any Better? - Tony Singleton explores the situation in London, quoting from 18th and 19th century sources
Eliot Revisited - Isabella Ashman points out passages of WG musical interest from George Eliot's Silas Marner and Adam Bede
Rules for the Rothiemay Precentor, 1761 - David Welch quotes the Rules and discusses their content
Precentors' Rhymes - Alyson Brailsford contributes a number of examples from Scotland, used at midweek choir practice rather than the actual Psalm/Hymn texts.
Quire News, Forthcoming Events and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No. 40: Newsletter of the WGMA - Winter 2006 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Reviews: (1) Book & CD: Rev K.H. MacDermott's The Church Gallery Minstrels of Old Sussex - Tony Singleton
(2) CD: Nativity: Christmas Music from Georgian England by The Parley of Instruments/Psalmody - Chris Gardner
Event Reports:
  (1) London Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Ros Hall
  (2) Borders Harmony/Joyful Noise at Doddington - Paul Emmerson
  (3) WGMA Autumn Gathering, Ironbridge - Jenny Ellis and Bob Schofield
  (4) 28th Three Quires Day, Lewes - Terry Savage
  (5) Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside - Steve Fletcher
When people were imprisoned for "the singing of filthy caralles" - reprinted from Chapbook, an Aberdeen-based folk-song magazine, Autumn 1965 - Donald MacDonald's personal selection of Scottish Christmas Carols.
HTI Extension - Professor Nicholas Temperley makes a plea for volunteer help to extend the research to 1900.
Lost Books? - Sally Drage draws attention to a number of tune collections known to have been printed but now of unknown whereabouts.
Quire News; Forthcoming Events; Diary Dates

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West Gallery No. 41: Newsletter of the WGMA - Spring 2007 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
A Policy for Improvement – Mike Bailey sets out the Committee’s ideas to improve Association events
Outreach and the WGMA – Francis Roads sets out his ideas, approved by the Committee
WGMA Committee Meeting 5 Jan 2007 - Summary Minutes of their 1st meeting, prepared by Jean Seymour
Letters
The Torrington Diaries – Tony Singleton examines the experiences of John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington, as he recorded his visits to churches nationwide from 1781 to 1794
WG Quires were never like this! – Fenella Bazin contributes a set of rules from a Manx chapel on a private estate
Slavery Abolition Celebration, Carter Lane 1807 – Tim Henderson reports on a special service as its bicentenary approaches
Byfield, Beautiful for Situation – Sheila Macadam on the delights of the village and its pub, adopted by Immanuel’s Ground for WG events
John Pennicott: Amberley’s ‘Famous Musicianer’ – Claire Fox inspired by the review of The Church Gallery Minstrels of Old Sussex in the last issue, tells us about her great-great grandfather who appears on the book’s cover
Halsway Manor Weekend – Penny Rowlinson recounts the 10th anniversary of this event
The Ruined Alto – pastiche by Jenni Close, as performed at the Halsway Manor event
Joyful Noise Christmas Workshop – Paul Emmerson reports, followed by further
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West Gallery No. 42: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2007 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Minutes of AGM, Ironbridge 12 May 2007
Chairman’s statement to the AGM
Letters to the Editor
A Positive Attitude Towards Improvement – Antonina Spittal contributes a page from Shorne Parish Register, Kent, 1770, detailing donations towards the employment of a Master to teach psalm-singing to young people in the church, and to the purchase of Playford’s tune books from which to sing.
Dr Charles Burney and Congregational Psalmody – Chris Gardner looks at the great man’s strong opinions about parochial psalmody
WGMA Spring Weekend, Ironbridge 11-13 May – Sheila Macadam reports on the recent event
Descriptions of Anglican Church Music in South Gloucestershire in the 1840s – Gareth Amphlett explores the writings of Joseph Leech, editor of the Bristol Times, about music heard in some rural parish churches, visited on his travels in the county.
Scribbles in a Psalter – Lyn Law finds some possible references to bell-ringing, hand-written in a printed Psalter of 1717-1898.
Growth of Hymn Tunes, 1535-1830 – Mike Bailey on the increase in rate of composition of hymn tunes during the stated period (virtually exponential from 1700)
More on Precentors’ Rhymes – David Welch builds on Alyson Brailsford’s contribution to West Gallery number 39
Diary Dates, Forthcoming events, Quire News

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West Gallery No. 43: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2007 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Vice-Presidency presentation to Dave and Mandy Townsend - Sheila & Edwin Macadam
The Berkswell Cello - Chris Egerton describes his ongoing conservation of an important WG instrument
A Cautionary Tale - Lyn Law presents a fictional narrative warning against over-reliance on paper qualifications
The Choirmaster’s Burial by Thomas Hardy - Hannah Davies contributes the well-known poem
Event Reports:
  1)Mid-Shires’ Quires’ Day - Edwin Macadam
  2) Serpentariam 2007 - Edwin Macadam
  3) WG Workshop & Evensong, Caddington, Bedfordshire - Francis Roads
  4) Reopening of Salem Chapel, East Budleigh, South Devon - Chris Brown & Judy Whiting
  5) A Tour of the ‘Old Dissent’ - Ken Baddley on Bedford Gallery Quire’s Church Crawl
  6) Wooldale ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ Church Crawl - David Stow
  7a) WG at Sidmouth Folk Week - Alan Weeks
   b) ‘Tales from a Village’ - Ken Baddley on The Madding Crowd’s concert at Sidmouth Folk Week
  (8) WG at Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson
Quotations from John Wesley - Sally Drage contributes extracts from Journals, Letters and Conference Minutes
Robin Hood and the Psalmody Collector - a pastiche by ‘Howleglass’
An Innovation - Margaret Marrs contributes a tale from the notebook of a Methodist preacher on the importance of choosing the right metre for a hymn
The London Gallery Quire CD - Francis Roads details the trials and tribulations of the recording process
CD Review: "Praise Ye The Lord" by London Gallery Quire - Jenny Ellis reviews the CD itself
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West Gallery No. 44: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2007/8 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Summaries of Committee Meetings July and November 2007
WGMA Discussion Forum - Edwin Macadam re-introduces the online Forum and details upgrades
The Fruits of our Labour - Committee statement re etiquette in use of others’ editions and transcriptions
Summary of evaluation responses from Sneaton Castle weekend - Mike Bailey
Vice-Presidency presentation to Rollo Woods - photograph with Mike Bailey
Obituary: Ursula Vaughan Williams - Jackie Patten pays tribute to our late President
Event Reports:
  (1)Oxford Occasionals’ ‘visitation’ of churches and chapels - Ken Baddley
  (2)Immanuel’s Ground at Haseley - Bernard Collard
  (3)WGMA weekend, Sneaton Castle, Whitby - Alan Weeks
  (4)Sing Birmingham! - Martin Jones
  (5)Charles Wesley ‘Songs of Praise’ with the William East Quire - Jenny Ellis
  (6)‘Hark, the Glad Sound’: WG Christmas workshop and concert, Earsdon - Cherri Graebe
  (7)A Devon WG Day - Tam Mucklow & Edmund Gooch
Chapel Cheer - But Bad Beer - Chris Gardner quotes from James T Lightwood concerning the opening of Fletcher Street Methodist Chapel, Bolton, c. 1830
Who took over from John Mansell? - Lyn Law presents a puzzling cipher from the title page of a manuscript book
Book Review: Eighteenth Century Psalmody, ed Nicholas Temperley and Sally Drage - Toby Parker
John Fawcett of Wennington (1789 - 1896) - Chris Gardner presents an appreciation of the NW composer on the 140th anniversary of his death
‘Hark, how all the welkin rings’ - Robin King discusses why he thinks Savannah was the original tune for Charles Wesley’s original text
Going the Rounds, Naval Style - Antonina Spittal contributes a Christmas diary entry from a naval chaplain, 1674
Quire News, Forthcoming Events and Diary Dates

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West Gallery No. 45: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2008 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
Notice and Agenda, AGM 2008; Minutes, AGM 2007
Winifred Harman and the Widecombe Manuscripts - Rollo Woods gives reassurance regarding the future of this important collection following the death of their custodian.
Thomas Merritt - Canon Michael Warner gives notice of an event to mark the centenary of this Cornish composer
Event Reports:
(1) London Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Rob Mahoney
(2) Carols at Sidmouth - Phil and Val Sellars
(3) WG Workshop, Beckenham Baptist Church - Val Harrison
(4) 1st Leaders’ Workshop Day - Terry Savage
Book Reviews:
(1) The clerical profession in the long 18th century, W M Jacob - Ken Baddley
(2) Musica Britannia vol. 85: 18th Century Psalmody, ed Nicholas Temperley & Sally Drage - Mike Bailey
The Parochial Anthems of John Bishop - Francis Roads
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West Gallery No. 46: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2008 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
WGMA AGM 2008: Minutes; Chairman’s and Secretary’s Reports; Accounts to December 2007
Event Reports:
(1)2nd Leaders’ Workshop Day - Marsden and Kath Holden
(2)WGMA Spring Weekend, Ironbridge - Alan Weeks
‘Rigidly Revised, Corrected and Re-arranged’ - Chris Gardner quotes from and comments upon the preface to The Church Psalter and Hymn Book published by Rev. Wm. Mercer, 1854 - 1864.
‘On the Abuse of Psalmody in Churches; and Proposals for remedying it’ - Olga Shotton contributes a piece from The Gentleman’s Magazine, 1741
Richard Partridge of Kennerleigh - Edmund Gooch and Tam Mucklow discuss the musical life and times of this Devon composer
Greenwell’s Musical Glory - Chris Gardner explores the Churchwardens’ Accounts of All Saints’ Church, Lanchester, and discusses a lecture given by Rev. Wm. Greenwell, now best remembered for ‘Greenwell’s Glory’, his particularly successful fishing fly!
Quire News and Forthcoming Events

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West Gallery No. 47: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2008 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Event Reports:
(1)South West Early Music Forum - Alan Weeks
(2)Mid-Shires’ Quires’ Day - Steve Fletcher & Martin Williams
(3)Wharton MS Comes Home (to Coniston - workshop of music therefrom) - Dick Watson
(4)Groundlings at play (special celebrations for Immanuel’s Ground members) - Ken Baddley
(5)Curiosities of Somerset (Called to be Saints’ Church Tour) - Eileen Wilson
(6)Yoakley Charity Concert, Margate - Charlotte Bailey
(7)Bristol Harmony’s first concert - Alan Weeks
(8)Georgian Evensong at Lanchester - Paul Emmerson
(9)Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson
A Jersey Church Band - Rollo Woods discovers a WG music and instruments in St Helier museum and suggests further research
Etchells: a cautionary tale - Roger Hateley on the perils of taking MS tune-title spelling at face value
From the Gloucestershire Archives - John Thorn describes a recent acquisition of music books from Old Sodbury Parish Church and Tewkesbury Baptist Chapel
William Selby: Purveyor of Sugar, Soap, Saltpetre and Psalmody - Chris Gardner on the life and musical times of and English emigrant to New England
Ancient Harmonies Revived? - Cherri Graebe discusses a volume of WG period and contemporary (1847) music, published in Maine, USA
This Year’s WG Christmas Card - Cherri Graebe’s design based on The Madding Crowd in concert is published by the card company Hedingham Fair
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West Gallery No. 48: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2008/9 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Event Reports:
(1) Sidmouth FolkWeek - Ken Baddley
(2) Visit to Museum of London Costume Store - Ken Baddley
(3) WGMA Autumn Weekend, London Colney - Terry Savage
(4) Devon WG Day Tam Mucklow and Edmund Gooch
(5) Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside - Mike Spittal
(6) Workshop and Concert, Earsdon - Win Stokes
(7) Going the Rounds with The Madding Crowd - Linda Reed
Book Review: Bound For America - Three British Composers - by Professor Nicholas Temperley, reviewed by Chris Gardner
The First West Gallery Anthems - Francis Roads discusses Henry Playford’s 1701 publication of 18 anthems, with notes on their various composers
Silesian Solmisation - ‘Howleglass’ pokes tongue-in-cheek fun at the name of a Polish prepared food.
Celebrating Thomas Hardy with The Madding Crowd - Charlotte Bailey usefully lists the sacred and secular music in Hardy’s writings
Recording for a TV Documentary - David Welch describes the trials and tribulations of working with ‘professionals’
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West Gallery No. 49: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2009 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Notice of AGM 2009
Event Reports:
(1) London Gallery Quire concert - Ken Baddley
(2) Halsway Manor Party Weekend - Alan Weeks
An Itinerant Singing Teacher in Newcastle in the 1840s - Paul Gailiunas explores the work of Joseph Mainzer
Reviews:
(1) DVD: A Village Christmas from Dorset Past - Charlotte Bailey reviews the Purbeck Village Quire’s live recording before an audience
(2) Book: Anne Brontë’s Tune Book - Chris Gardner reviews the 1980 facsimile reprint
(3) CD Extra: Edward Winder, His Tune Book, 1834 by Chris Harvey Pollington and Lindsay Smith - Paul Guppy reviews this recording of audio and data on one CD, which can be played on a hi-fi and read on computer; mainly dance music with a handful of psalm/hymn tunes
Extract from Buxted Parish Records - Antonina Spittal contributes a quotation, with photograph, of a scurrilous record by the vicar in 1666, recording his opinion of the singing ability of the deceased man
William Millington’s Musicians - Jean Seymour explores Millington’s account, reprinted from a local newspaper, of music-making across South Lancashire by gifted amateurs in the late 18th - late 19th centuries
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West Gallery No. 50: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2009 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Minutes of AGM 2009
Notice of WGMA Autumn Weekend in Kington, Herefordshire
Event Reports:
(1)  5th Midshires’ Quires’ Day - Alison Biddle
(2)  Marsh Warblers’ Concert - Stella Hardy
(3)  Spring Weekend, Ironbridge - Mike Spittal
(4a) Church Tour, Weardale - Marsden Holden
(4b) Local Newspaper Report, Weardale Church Tour - Mike Amos
Why Wear Costume? - Francis Roads gives his opinion on why dressing up to sing is unnecessary
Why Not Wear Costume? - Ken Baddley offers his counter-argument
John Garth, Palatinate Psalmodist - Chris Gardner tells the story of a successful Co. Durham musician (with music sample)
Epitaph: Claudy Philips, Musician - by Dr Samuel Johnson, contributed by Chris Gardner to contrast with the successful career of John Garth
Letters to the Editor - including information on the availability for singing opportunities of certain churches managed by the Churches Conservation Trust
The Berkswell Cello - Chris Egerton updates us on the progress of restoration of this important instrument
West Gallery Music in the New World: the 1st 10 years - Bruce Randall celebrates a milestone for his group in Boston, Massachusetts
Quire News and Forthcoming Events
Never on Sunday - news of the publication of Rollo Woods’ latest book of music from the Widecombe manuscripts

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West Gallery No. 51: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2009 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
Event Reports:
(1)  London Gallery Quire - Christopher Idle: service marking 250th birth anniversary of Pitt the Younger
(2)  Bedford Gallery Quire Church Tour - Ian Meddoms
(3)  Workshop & Concert celebrating hymn writer Rev John Fawcett - (i) Chris Gardner; (ii) Di Parr
(4)  WGMA at Sidmouth Folk Week - Mike Bailey
(5)  Beaminster Gallery Quire in concert - Mike Bailey
(6)  West Gallery Workshop, Boston Massachusetts - Francis Roads
(7)  West Gallery Workshops at Whitby Folk Festival - Tim Hudson
Harmony flows with the Stream - Jackie Patten appraises a workshop by Bristol Harmony and Stream of Sound
Book Reviews:
(1)  Jacob’s Well: The History and Popular Life of a Carol by Chris Brown - the fruits of Chris Brown’s labours in tracking down the true author of the well-known hymn, appraised by Dave Townsend
(2)  Your Voices Raise: West Gallery Favourites from the repertoire of London Gallery Quire - Toby Parker appraises the Quire’s anthology
Letters to the Editor - including comments on whether quires should wear period costume (see WG number 50)
The Courtney Library - Chris Brown recommends a visit to this Truro treasure house
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West Gallery No. 52: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2009/10 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Event Reports:
(1)  General Wolfe Memorial Service - Barry Tucker for The Thomas Clark Quire
(2)  Church Crawl - Dil Scott
(3)  Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts - Sheila Macadam
(4)  WGMA Autumn Weekend, Kington, Herefordshire - Paul Gailiunas
(5)  Wessex Carols Day - Brian Stewart
(6)  Sing Birmingham! 2009 - Sheila Macadam
(7)  London Gallery Quire Christmas Concert - (1) Anna Michael; (2) Nick Smith & Mary Comerford Book Reviews:
(1)  Christmas is Coming: A collection of carols for Advent and Christmas - Jean Seymour appraises carols arranged, edited and in some cases composed by Nicholas Temperley
(2)  The Sheffield Book of Village Carols - Bob & Jackie Patten appraise Ian Russell’s definitive collection.
CD Review:
  Break Forth in Song: Village Carols from the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall, Sheffield Jean Seymour commends the latest recording from Ian Russell’s archive
PC Carols - Norman Johnson contributes a seasonal bit of politically correct nonsense
In Defence of the Cornwall Record Office - Peter Meanwell encourages visitors to dig more deeply
Some Seasonal Extracts - Sally Drage and Peter Meanwell contribute historical Christmas snippets
Letters to the Editor - including continuing debate on whether quires should wear period costume (see WG 50 & 51)
Chesterfield Psalmody, 1799-1835 - Chris Brown explores the contents of a recently acquired volume
Claudy Philips - Bob & Jackie Patten give more details of the man (see epitaph, West Gallery No. 50) and a sample of his music
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West Gallery No. 53: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2010 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Anthem database for the WGMA - Francis Roads outlines, on behalf of the Committee, the possibility of developing such a database, to appear on the WGMA website
Event Reports:
(1) Gladly Solemn Sound Christmas Concert - Chris Gardner
(2) 'Harmony with the Divine' workshop & concert - Alice Nunn
(3) The Madding Crowd party weekend, Halsway Manor - John Martyn
(4) 'The Song Goes On' - The Madding Crowd help celebrate the work of George Gardiner - Linda Champ & Sarah Lewin
Dissenting But Not Necessarily Dissonant - Chris Gardner explores Unitarianism & Psalmody in C19th Newcastle
Letters to the Editor
Claudy Philips continued - Bob & Jackie Patten give yet more information (see West Gallery nos. 50 & 52) and a further sample of his music
Charles Avison’s Tunebook - Paul Gailiunas explores the only known copy of A Collection of Psalm Tunes in Two Parts, Adapted to the Several Metres in the Old and New Version, and to those in Dr Watts’s Translation, Revised and Corrected by Mr Avison
Research into an Anthem: Wm Tucker’s 'O Give Thanks' - Nicholas Markwell with additional commentary by Francis Roads
Keyboard Accompaniment: a further note - Rollo Woods
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West Gallery No. 54: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2010 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 40 pages + covers
Proposed WG Trip to Valkenburg, Netherlands - Francis Roads invites expressions of interest
Minutes of the AGM, 15 May 2010
LGQ seek help at Early Music Forum - Stella Hardy outlines the WGMA presence at this year’s London event
Obituaries: David Lee by Chris Gutteridge; Jancis Wilson by Colin Tompsett
WGMA Autumn Weekend 2010 - Jenny Ellis outlines the arrangements for the weekend at Swanwick, Derbyshire
Letters to the Editor
Parallel Octaves and Fifths - Francis Roads comments on this feature of composition and discusses its occurrence in WG music
Event Reports:
(1) The West Gallery Quire in Concert - Alan Weeks
(2) A ‘Ground’ Breaking Event for IGQ - Sheila Macadam
(3) WG at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - Win Stokes
(4) SW Quires Day VII - Alan Weeks
(5) 6th Mid-Shires’ Quires’ Day - Isabella Ashman
(6) Called to be Saints in Concert, Dunster - Ros Clements
(7) WGMA Spring Weekend, Ironbridge - Alan Weeks
'Let Our Joys Be Known': An Appreciation - Terry Savage’s grateful thanks for the Association’s 20th Anniversary ‘Yearbook’ of quire histories and their favourite music published therein - more details HERE
Book Reviews:
Nicholas Temperley’s 'Studies in Church Music 1550-1900' - Sally Drage
'Between the Nene and the Welland: Some East Midlands Hymn-Tunes from the West-Gallery Period' - Canon Hilary Davies
CD Review and Concert Report - Mike Bailey appreciates The Durweston Carols CD and reports on a concert given by its singers
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West Gallery No. 55: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2010 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Margaret Glennie’s Musick Book - David Welch explores a late 18th century Scottish manuscript.
An Index of West Gallery Carols - prolific list-maker Rollo Woods introduces his latest project.
Thank You Eyjafjall - Tricia Entwistle describes a southern English manuscript found in Brisbane museum whilst stuck there because of the Icelandic eruption.
A Family Heirloom - Denis Cash writes about the Parish Clerks & church musicians of St Margaret’s, Stoke Golding.
Event Reports:
(1) London Gallery Quire Evensong - Peter Harris
(2) London Gallery Quire Concert - Stella Hardy
(3) Review: With Wellington We’ll Go - (Madding Crowd presentation) - Karen Robson
(4) Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson
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West Gallery No. 56: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2010 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Obituary: Laurie Crawford - Tim Samuelson pays tribute
Wedding: WGMA members Sue Wilson and Mike Smith tie the knot
Attempting Everest - Prof. Dick Watson introduces his revision of Julian’s Dictionary of Hymnology
Event Reports:
(1) Oxford Occasionals’ Annual Church Visitation - Jack Crawford
(2) Devon WG Day - Tam Mucklow & Edmund Gooch
(3) London Gallery Quire Evensong, Thames Ditton - Catherine Cruise
(4) Joyful Noise & Friends (a) Tynedale Tour - Paul Emmerson (b) Victorian Evensong - Philippa Hughes
(5) Cumbrian WG Singing Workshop - Paul Emmerson
(6) WGMA Autumn Gathering, Swanwick: Part 1 - Alan Weeks, Part 2 - Sheila Macadam
(7) Bristol Harmony at Kelston Church - Peter John
(8) The Early Music Festival, Greenwich - (a) Jenny Ellis; (b) Catherine Cruise
(9) Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside - Chris Brown
A Christmas reading from Cider With Rosie - contributed by Sally Drage
A Seasonal Mystery Solved - a possible explanation of the origins of The Twelve Days of Christmas
Withington, Lancs: Rise and Fall of a Chapel Choir - Liz Rose digs into her family archive
Book Review with some Related Notes - James Hook’s 50 Preludes & Interludes for Psalm Tunes examined by Chris Gardner
The Serpent of Bakewell Old House Museum - Paula & Roy Hollowell enthuse about a holiday discovery
Tunes Enough Already - Sheila Macadam describes a visit to The West Gallery Quire, Boston, Massachusetts
Letter to the Editor - USA member Jim Beardsley describes his participation in Christmas Revels 2010
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West Gallery No. 57: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2011 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 40 pages + covers
WGMA Constitution: Catch 22 - Jack Crawford explains the reasoning behind a resolution to amend the Constitution at the forthcoming AGM
Obituary: Linda Champ - Charlotte Bailey pays tribute
Call for Papers - Ian Russell invites contributions for the forthcoming European Seminar in Ethnomusicology
Metrical Psalms - the Words: 14 years on - Dru Brooke-Taylor updates a previous article
Event Reports:
(1) Seaside Christmas, Low Hauxley - Fynn Titford-Mock
(2) WG Music at Benslow - Catherine Cruise
(3) Going the Rounds with Immanuel’s Ground - Alison Biddle & Sylvia Ratcliffe
Letters to the Editor
‘I Never Left Home’: WG news & ephemera from New England - Sheila Macadam recounts a recent visit
Joseph Key’s Chanting Tunes - Francis Roads (Read it HERE)
CD Review: Let Our Joys be Known: Ironbridge 2010 - Jenny Ellis recommends the double CD which complements the latest WGMA publication.
Book Review: Music and the Wesleys: Temperley and Banfield - Paul Gailiunas
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West Gallery No. 58: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2011 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
From the Chairman - new Chairman Jack Crawford introduces himself
Minutes of the AGM 14 May 2011
Event Reports:
(1) Wassail: Purbeck Village Quire - Jean Gibbs
(2) South West Quires’ Day IX - as seen by a newcomer, a ‘rookie’ leader, and a long-time supporter
(3) Beyond the Greenwood Tree: Joyful Noise & Friends Workshop and Concert - Cherri Graebe
(4) Mid-Shires’ Quires Day - Hilda Blount
(5) London GQ’s Visit to Rotherhithe - Adrian West
(6) WGMA Spring Weekend, Shifnal - Alan Weeks
(7) Singing Day, Rosyth - Sue Masson
(8) Immanuel’s Ground Evensong, Idlicote - Sue Lanfear
(9) WGMA Trip to Valkenburg - Margo Partridge
(10) Shropshire Harmony’s Inaugural Concert - Sheila Macadam gives a brief ‘taster’: more next issue
Letter to the Editor
‘O Grave, Where is Thy Victory’: an 18th century tale of resurrection contributed by Chris Gardner
Honours for Chris Gardner - Norman Johnson offers congratulations to Chris on being made a Licentiate of the Guild of Musicians and Singers (LGMS) for his long service and contribution to cathedral and church music.
Composite Scottish Psalmodies - David Welch explains how printers and publishers in the West Gallery era sometimes combined pages into single psalmodies that had been made up at different times, causing problems for researchers, and perhaps leading to wrong dating of compositions or whole publications.
Young Ben Writes Home: WG music in Troutbeck - Paul Guppy explores the musical heritage of a lakeland family
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West Gallery No. 59: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2011 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Letters to the Editor - discussion of ways to increase variety at informal sings, esp. Sidmouth seafront - continued debate on use of appropriate instruments in WG music
Event Reports:
(1) WGMA Trip to Valkenburg - Linda Reed
(2) Shropshire Harmony in Concert - Sheila Macadam
(3) Beaminster Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Bob Patten
(4) Sidmouth Folk Week:
  (a) Weatherbury Quire at the Start the Week Taster Concert - Edwin & Sheila Macadam, Tony Singleton
  (b) Hampshire Song Concert:
    (i) The Madding Crowd at Sidmouth - Jenny Ellis
    (ii) Researchers and Developers - Alan Weeks
    (iii) Seafront Sing - Charlotte Bailey
(5) Whitby Folk Festival - Tim Hudson
Book Review: The Mellstock Carols Volume 2 - Jean Seymour
CD Review: Haughton Hall, Shifnal, 14 and 15 May 2011 - Marsden Holden
Rev. Charles Woodmason (c. 1720-1790) - Joseph R. Gainey explores the life and times of a Hampshire Anglican missionary in England and South Carolina
The King is Dead, Long Live the King - Chris Gardner delves into the religious life of King Charles I when imprisoned in Newcastle-upon-Tyne prior to his execution
West Gallery in Northern India - Tim Hudson finds a Victorian ‘parish’ church with west gallery - in Shimla, India!
Quire News
Boreham West Gallery Quire at Weaver Dittal - François Delarue’s tongue in-cheek description gives timely advice to future scribes of Quire News

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West Gallery No. 60: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2011/12 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
Proxy Voting Explained - Chairman Jack Crawford clarifies the procedure adopted to ensure voting fairness in future
Obituary: Gillian Ford - Francis Roads records the passing of a long-standing WGMA and quire member
Two Extracts from The West Briton - contributed by Alan Seymour from this Cornish newspaper in the 19th century
Event Reports:
(1) London Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Mary Cruse
(2) Pembrokeshire West Gallery Quire at Picton Castle - Sheila Macadam
(3) WGMA Autumn Weekend, Taunton School - Maureen Bush & Anne Foulkes
The Aughterby Papers (Part 1) - Paul Guppy offers a tongue-in-cheek seasonal introduction to an imaginary discovery
Music Book Reviews - Rollo Woods reviews two recent reprints of carol compilations from Cornwall
More on Christmas Carols - Ian Russell’s reprinted and augmented Sheffield Book of Village Carols and a recent Charity CD of South Yorkshire carols
‘I can sight-read perfectly’ - Francis Roads explains the use of Sibelius Scorch software for those to whom this statement does not apply
I See a Flea - Francis Roads discusses inappropriate word-fit, with historical references and modern practices
A Historical Concert Series - David Welch gives details of an event in early 19th century Aberdeen
Letters to the Editor
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West Gallery No. 61: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2012 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Praise & Glory - ‘the Psalter’ on Special Offer
Using Sibelius: Course Report - experienced user Francis Roads and novice user Jenny Ellis describe Mike Bailey’s recent course
Obituary: Joe Reynolds - Terry Savage records the passing of a popular member of The Madding Crowd & WGMA
Obituary: Gordon Corrick - Rev. Alice Nunn pays tribute to the founder and leader of Wolds Apart
Gordon Corrick: A Personal Memoir - Tim Hudson
Event Reports:
(1) West Gallery in the Cotswolds - Caroline Ungoed-Thomas
(2) Gladly Solemn Sound Concert - Chris Gardner
(3) A Village Christmas: Village Quire Concert - Ken Marwis
(4) Washaway Gallery Quire Concert - Chris Brown
The Aughterby Papers (Part 2) - Paul Guppy continues his tongue-in-cheek ‘research’ article
Letters to the Editor and more on Letters to The Times, following the response to a London Gallery Quire concert
Whistling Sunday - Tim Henderson draws attention to a historical Palm Sunday service in Boston Massachusetts
Tayles of the Pylgrimage to Ponteferrous - Jynkyn the Jestre pokes gentle fun at an advocate of authenticity in period music, and in Riposte to Jynkyn, Ladye of the Virginalls comes to his defence
Singers’ Galleries in 18th Century Somerset - Toby Parker assesses a document recently-published by the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society
CD Review: The Sound of Leather - CD by The Lost Chord (Dave Townsend, concertina, and Phil Humphries, serpent)
A Lancashire Handbell Team Played West Gallery - David Welch looks at music used by Higher Walton (Preston) handbell-ringers which contains a number of familiar WG hymn tunes
James Leach 250th Anniversary - Ken Baddley alerts us to this important date for 2012
Three Parts, Two Parts - Francis Roads explores the substantial repertoire of WG music published in 3 and 2 parts.
Good Singing Still: Revised Edition? - Rollo Woods contemplates producing a new edition of his popular publication
Letters to the Editor
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West Gallery No. 62: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2012 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Minutes of the WGMA AGM 2012 - includes Reports of Chairman and Secretary
Event Reports:
(1) South West Quires Day IX - Heather Carrington
(2) London Gallery Quire workshop, Boreham - Alan Franks
(3) Workshop and concert, Benton, Northumberland - Paul Emmerson
(4) Beaminster Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Peter Carnell
London Gallery Quire reviewed in The Telegraph - Francis Roads
The Aughterby Papers (Part 3) - Paul Guppy concludes his tongue-in-cheek ‘research’ article
A Rare Survival? - Nicholas Markwell describes a present day Baptist service with full congregational harmony singing
A Worthy Pioneer - Francis Roads explores the work of William Pickard-Cambridge
Letters to the Editor
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West Gallery No. 63: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2012 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Presentation to Dr James Forsyth, FRSCM
Event Reports:
(1) Workshop and Concert, Durham - Jack Crawford
(2) WGMA Spring Weekend, Shifnal - Alan Weeks
(3) London Gallery Quire Evensong, Chingford - Alan Franks
(4) Greenwood Quire, ‘Shepherds Arise!’ - Jack Crawford
(5) The Great Ejectment Tour - Dick Watson
(6) London Gallery Quire Evensong, East Ham - Alan Franks
(7) West Gallery Quire Concert, Crediton - Sheila Macadam
(8) The Madding Crowd Church Crawl - Charlotte Bailey
(9) Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson
Book Review: The Village Band Book: Volume 3 - Susan Neininger
Letters to the Editor
Of Anthems and Alehouses - Chris Gardner quotes and comments a pre-West Gallery period criticism of church singers by on John Earle (1600-1665) Dean of Westminster and chaplain to Charles II
James Grant’s Tarland Psalter - David Welch explores a 19th century psalter produced for an Aberdeenshire village West Gallery in the Theatre - Francis Roads describes a recent play in a converted industrial building near the London Olympic Park, for which he had been invited to supply the music.
Metrical Psalms and Canticles - Francis Roads explains the development of metrical psalms in their various versions, and their place, along with Metrical Canticles, in divine service, including his own incorporation of them in present-day services
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West Gallery No. 64: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2012 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
WGMA Events - Chairman Jack Crawford makes some observations on recent events organised by the Association and invites feedback
Notice of the WGMA AGM 2013
Church Psalmody - Francis Roads presents a cutting from the early 19th century that reports on a question raised before the Ecclesiastical Court at York, concerning the introduction of ‘unauthorised’ metrical psalms and hymns in Anglican services.
Wedding Blessing - Paula Nicholson reports on the blessing of her marriage to Robin, which strongly featured Sussex Harmony and their music
Event Reports:
(1) Workshop, St Paul’s, Sculcoates - Paul Emmerson
(2) London Gallery Quire, St Andrew’s, Enfield - Alan Franks
(3) Cornish Carols Workshop, Praa Sands - Michael Warner
(4) 10th Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside, Sheffield - Cherri Graebe
Letters to the Editor
Two former West Galleries - Linda Hall introduces historical references to galleries in Barham, Kent and Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
A Knapp Curiosity - Francis Roads discusses what appears to be a hybrid metrical psalm (music presented) with elements by Knapp and Anon, to text from Ps 26 and Ps 34, and with two time signatures.
Music and Dissenters in the North East - Paul Gailiunas explores the topic at length
Church Music - Alan Dodge explores in verse the manner of sung praises from the Old Version of the metrical psalms to present-day practices.
Quire News, Diary Dates, Forthcoming Events

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West Gallery No. 65: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2013 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
Notice and Agenda of the WGMA AGM 2013
Notice of the WGMA Autumn Weekend
Event Reports:
(1) Banding & Choiring at Garstang - Paul Guppy
(2) Gladly Solemn Sound in Concert, Lancaster - Chris Gardner
(3) Joyful Noise & Friends Workshop Day, Low Hauxley - Richard Collier
(4) WGMA Foundation Course in Conducting - Heather Flockton
(5) Greenwood Quire in Concert - Mike Stevens
Thomas Hardy and Metrical Psalmody - Alan Dodge explores the author’s references to West Gallery music in his novels and poems.
Letters to the Editor
(a) concerning the text of the carol The Star of Bethlehem
(b) in response to a previous letter
(c) the use of Creative Commons licences rather than copyright symbols
CD Review: Polly - Aradia Ensemble - Chris Gardner
Forthcoming Workshop on Holy Island
Ould Zaddock (with music) - Francis Roads explores a version of “While shepherds watched…” set to an American tune (renamed) in Cornwall
Book Review: The Pinecone by Jenny Aglow - Ian Cutts
Quire News, Forthcoming Event

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West Gallery No. 66: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2013 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
WGMA AGM 2013: Chairman’s and Secretary’s Reports
Event Reports:
(1) South West Quires Day - 10th Birthday - Linda John
(2) Bristol Harmony at Thornbury Arts Festival - Peter John
(3) Thomas Clark Quire at St Mary’s Plaistow, Bromley - Barry Tucker
(4) Palatinate Psalmody and a Pickled Parson - Paul Guppy reports on a workshop and concert in Sedgefield
(5) WGMA Spring Weekend - Jean Sargeant
What is West Gallery Music? - Francis Roads explores the various opinions on the usual answers to this question
West Gallery Instruments Rediscovered - Ken Baddley reports on two boxwood clarinets, unexpectedly found in a church in Smeeth, near Ashford, Kent during The Marsh Warblers’ annual church tour
Obituary - Jim Cook remembers the life of Keith Challis of the Thomas Clark Quire
Letter to the Editor - Rollo Woods comments on 3 articles in West Gallery No. 65
A Knapp Curiosity (ii) and (iii) - Francis Roads continues his occasional series (with music examples): see No.64
Two Historical Contributions - Paul Guppy contributes an interesting 17th century snippet and an intriguing 19th century pub sign
Quire News, Forthcoming Events

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West Gallery No. 67: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2013 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
E-mail (good but far from perfect) - Chairman Jack Crawford discusses the use of e-mail for disseminating information to members who have the facility
Event Reports:
(1) Rumpus, Riot and Rebellion: Immanuel’s Ground concert, Warwick - Janet Waters
(2) The Gladly Solemn Sound concert, Hawkshead - Chris Brown
(3) Goodshaw Old Baptist Chapel Anniversary - Susan and Pat Neininger
(4) Billows Calm and Still: WG music on Holy Island - Jack Crawford
(5) IWG music at Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson
(6) North West Singing Day, Rivington Chapel, near Horwich, Bolton - Heather Flockton
(7) WG music at the Royal School of Church Music Summer School, York - Roger Hateley
A Knapp Curiosity (iv) - Francis Roads continues his occasional series (with music examples): see Nos. 64 & 66
Pitchforks* and Trouble at Kirkby Lonsdale - David Welch explores some goings-on in 19th century Westmoreland (pitchforks = pitchpipes, confused with tuning forks)
Book Reviews:
(1) The Derbyshire Book of Village Carols - Edmund Gooch appraises Ian Russell’s most recent publication
(2) Oxfordshire Carols: 21 WG Carols from Oxfordshire villages - Jean Seymour evaluates this volume
WG Music Manuscripts: One that Didn’t Get Away - John Titford explores the delights of his latest acquisition
Letters to the Editor
Montague Burgoyne - Francis Roads considers some 19th century quotations on the subject of suitable accompaniment for country psalmody
Quire News, Forthcoming Events

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West Gallery No. 68: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2013/4 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 36 pages + covers
Notice of AGM 2014
Minutes of AGM 2013
Event Reports:
(1) Beckenham Baptist Church Singing Day – Ken Baddley
(2) Bedford Gallery Quire’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – Jack Crawford
(3) Boston West Gallery Quire’s 14th Anniversary Celebration – Sheila Macadam
(4) WGMA Autumn Weekend, Manchester – Peter Carnell
(5) Wessex Carols Day – Claire Bainbridge
(6) London Gallery Quire at St George’s Lutheran Church – Ken Baddley
(7) New West Gallery, St Andrew’s Church, Epworth - Keith Topham
American Tunes in West Gallery Sources – Chris Brown explores the complexities of transatlantic tune trade
American Influence on Methodist Music in the North East of England – Paul Gailiunas explores some interesting new insights into Methodist music in 19th century mining communities (with music sample, Towlaw Chapel).
Distinguishing Features of West Gallery Music – Francis Roads explains the basics for the enlightenment of newer participants. (Reprinted with permission from Upbeat, the Newsletter of London Gallery Quire
More West Gallery Clarinets – Tim Samuelson describes two 19th century clarinets still to be found in a Kentish church (adding to recent information in West Gallery number 66).
Letters to the Editor
Book Review: The Village Band Book volume 4, compiled and arranged by Dave Townsend – Susan Neininger
Quire News, Forthcoming Events
The Carol Singers of Porkellis – Alan Seymour contributes a seasonal snippet from an 18th century newspaper

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West Gallery No. 69: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2014 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
AGM 2014: notice and Agenda
Regarding a Database for Anthems - Jack Crawford discusses the current plans for a database of WG anthems and invites comments
Letter to the Editor - Rollo Woods announces the completion of his index of Christmas carols from the Widecombe manuscripts
Event Reports:
(1) Blessing the Plough, Aslackby, Lincolnshire with Greenwood Quire - Barry Jeffery
(2) A Gladly Solemn Christmas - Chris Brown reports on a concert by The Gladly Solemn Sound
(3) WGMA Research Day, Southampton University - Alan Weeks
Underlain Texts in Scottish Psalmodies, 1800-1830 - David Welch
To underlay or not to underlay? - Francis Roads discusses the merits and problems of underlaying multiple verses
A Plea to the Clergy: The Humble Petition of the Singers’ Pew, to the Pulpit - Chris Brown contributes a poem from 1838 found in a document in the National archives
Knapp in Print - Francis Roads shares his discovery that Knapp’s 3 published compilations are available in facsimile, via Amazon
The Cawthorne Choir and Band - Chris Brown explores the musical heritage of a Yorkshire village
A Knapp Curiosity (v) - Francis Roads continues his occasional series in a comparison of various versions of A Virgin Most Pure
The Tale of a Gallery Quire - Hilary Binding contributes her short story, loosely based on Somerset churchwardens’ accounts
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West Gallery No. 70: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2014 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
AGM 2014: Minutes; Chairman’s Report; Secretary’s Report; Membership Report
Letter to the Editor
Event Reports:
(1) A Day in Somerset with the Beaminster Gallery Quire - Mike & Charlotte Bailey
(2) WGMA Spring Weekend, Swanwick 30 May - 1 June - Peter John
CD Review: Echoes from the Gallery - Jacqueline Patten reviews Beaminster Gallery Quire’s recording
The Larks of Dean Quire’s Five Minutes of Fame - Susan Neininger report’s on a marathon recording session for minimal TV exposure
Portland and St George’s Church - Paul Guppy whets our appetite for an ‘out-visit’ from the forthcoming WGMA Autumn Weekend
Obituary: Alan Dodge, 1938 - 2014 - Margaret Dodge
Seeking a Missing Link - Win Stokes gives some background to John Benson of Stanhope, mentioned in WG No.68
Surrey to the Isle of Man? - Francis Roads compares versions of the same tune in geographically distant MSS
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West Gallery No. 71: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2014 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
Nicholas Temperley honoured as Fellow by the Hymn Society - from information supplied by that Society
Event Reports:
(1) The Greenwood Quire at Helpston - Barry Jeffery
(2) WGMA Wedding of the Year - Charlotte Bailey on the marriage of Daphne Hall and Ken Coates
(3) Sidmouth Folk Festival - WG on the Promenade - (a) Charlotte Bailey; (b) Ken Baddley
(4) Northern Three Choirs Day, Rivington Chapel - David Ward
(5) West Gallery at Whitby Folk Week - Tim Hudson
Letter to the Editor - David Welch alerts readers to a worthy PhD thesis by Shelagh Noden
Book Review: Syntactic Dislocation in English Congregational Song between 1500 and 1900: A Corpus-based Study (Kirsten Gather) - Francis Roads
St James, Midhopestones, Yorkshire - re-published with permission from This England magazine, 1995
Summers Hunter - Paul Gailiunas explores the background of the C19th Sunderland publisher of a tunebook
STB Symphonies - Francis Roads discusses the possible implications of the absence of an alto instrumental line
William Ecclefield’s Book - Chris Brown explores a C19th manuscript from Yorkshire
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West Gallery No. 72: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2014/5 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
Notice of AGM 2015
Minutes of WGMA Committee Meeting 19
Event Reports:
(1) ‘Precious Bane’: The Village Quire - Paul Guppy
(2) WGMA Autumn Weekend, Portland, Dorset - Alan Weeks and Charlotte Bailey
(3) Workshop of Christmas Music, Stocksfield Baptist Church Hall, Northumberland - Paul Emmerson
(4) Manchester Research Meeting - Edmund Gooch
(5) BBC Recording Session, Wesley’s Chapel, City Road, London - Tony Singleton
(6) 11th Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside, Sheffield - David Welch
Letters to the Editor
Obituary: Raymond Cooper Hamrick, 1915 - 2014 - David Ward
Charles Miller and Roman Catholic Choirs in the C19th - Paul Gailiunas; reprinted with permission from Northern Catholic History No. 55 (2013)
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West Gallery No. 73: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2015 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
AGM 30 May 2015: Notice and Agenda
Obituary: Dr David Aliño-Wilkinson - Ken Baddley
Book Review: Facsimile copy of A Supplement to the New Version of the Psalms, 1708 - Sheila Macadam
Event Reports:
(1) Christmas and New Year with The Madding Crowd - Terry Savage
(2) 19th Madding Crowd Party at Halsway Manor: participants’ comments contributed by Charlotte Bailey
(3) FASH Workshop - Charlotte Bailey
A Long Way from Birmingham: - Sheila Macadam explores John Moore’s background
Letters to the Editor
The Search for the Wharton Manuscript - Chris Brown
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West Gallery No. 74: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2015 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 24 pages + covers
AGM 30 May 2015: Minutes and Reportts
Hilary Binding: A Life Remembered - Glyn Court, Jacqueline Patten, Jenny Brown
Memories of the 1st WGMA Residential Weekend, Avon Tyrrell, November 1992 - Charlotte Bailey
Singers, please note… - anonymous but timely observation by an instrumentalist
Three West Gallery Anniversaries: Called to be Saints (20), Larks of Dean Quire (25), Madding Crowd (40)
Some Weardale Composers - Paul Gailunas explores two recent deposits at the Weardale museum
Event Reports:
(1) Two Immanuel’s Ground Concerts - Sue Lanfear
(2) Beaminster Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Peter John
(3) London Gallery Quire Concert - Liz Raymont
(4) WGMA Spring Weekend, Swanwick, Derbyshire - Stella Hardy
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West Gallery No. 75: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2015 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 28 pages + covers
Obituaries: Mike Spittal - Jenny Ellis; David Dedrick - Tony Singleton
WGMA Research Group meeting, Southampton - Alan Weeks
Event Reports:
(1) Sussex Harmony: Waterloo Centenary - Paula Nicholson
(2) Immanuel’s Ground: The Path to Waterloo - Edwin Macadam
(3) The Madding Crowd 40th Anniversary­ - Ken Baddley
(4) West Gallery Quire (Crediton) & Beaminster Gallery Quire
(a) Here there be Serpents - Peter Carnell
(b) Obsequies for a Truncated Serpent - Alan Weeks
(5) North West Three Choirs Day, Rivington - David Welch
Metrical Psalms - new web source - Dru Brooke-Taylor
The Royal Services - Francis Roads
Peterloo: West Gallery Protest Songs - Paul Guppy
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West Gallery No. 76: Newsletter of the WGMA – Winter 2015/6 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 32 pages + covers
WGMA Committee Minutes, 6 November 2015
Obituary: Eileen Wilson - Sue Emmett
Rollo Woods: EFDSS Gold Badge Presentation - Steve Earwicker
Gold Badge Citation: - Jack Crawford
Event Reports:
(1) Called to be Saints: 20th Anniversary - Sue Emmett
(2) Derbyshire Carols Workshop - Heather Flockton
A “Bah! Humbug!” Moment - 1885 letter to The Cornishman - contributed by Alan Seymour
The Rise and Fall and Rise of West Gallery Music in New England - Bruce Randall’s lecture delivered at WGMA autumn singing weekend, Hoddesdon
Hoddesdon: music specially composed by Bruce Randall for WGMA autumn singing weekend
Letters to the Editor
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West Gallery No. 77: Newsletter of the WGMA – Spring 2016 - Ed: Jean Seymour - 24 pages + covers
WGMA AGM Agenda, 21 May 2016
Dates and details for WGMA-organised weekend events
WGMA Research Meetings:
(1) General background - Francis Roads
(2) Research Group Meeting No. 4, Bristol - Bob Patten details the topics presented
Event Reports:
(1) The Madding Crowd at Manor Farm Country Park - Terry Savage
(2) The Madding Crowd House Party, Halsway Manor - Heather Callaway
Light Music Moments - Norman Johnson contributes a selection of cartoons
Varying Verses - Francis Roads discusses ways to vary the delivery of multi-verse hymns and psalms
A John Alcock Curiosity - Francis Roads discusses an 8-part setting of Psalm 100 (with music notation)
Quire News, Diary Dates, Forthcoming Events

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West Gallery No. 78: Newsletter of the WGMA – Summer 2016 - Ed: Jean Seymour
WGMA AGM Minutes, Chairman’s and Secretary’s Reports, Income Statement and Balance Sheet Diary Dates for WGMA Residential Weekends, together with general information and typical format Tom Hardy’s Reprise - a poem by Alan Franks
Event Reports:
(1) The Madding Crowd Workshop - Daphne Goddard-Coates
(2) South West Quires Day - Bob Patten
(3) Beaminster Gallery Quire Church Crawl - Peter Carnell
(4) Greenwood Quire’s inaugural Church Crawl - Julia Jacobs
West Gallery in Historical Context: Robin Fox, alerted to the book by a radio programme, offers his belated appreciation of Andrew Gant’s O Sing unto the Lord: a History of English Church Music
Vital Spark - not just at funerals - Sue Emmett appreciates an entry in her great-great grandfather’s diary
Staughton: A Transatlantic Mystery - Chris Brown traces the history of a well-travelled tune with various titles
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West Gallery No. 79: Newsletter of the WGMA – Autumn 2016 - Ed: Jean Seymour
From the Chairman: Jack Crawford promoted the WGMA’s forthcoming weekend of singing, discusses the Association’s journey toward achieving charitable status and sets out details of future spring and autumn weekends
Event Reports:
(1) 12th Mid-Shires’ Quires’ Day - Sheila Macadam
(2) The Madding Crowd in France - Tony Parkinson
(3) Called to be Saints’ Summer Tour - Sue Emmett
(4) Sidmouth Folk Week 2016 - Mike Bailey
(5) North-West Three Choirs Day - David Welch
(6) Whitby Folk Week 2016 - Tim Hudson
A Key to a Mystery - Edwin Macadam describes how his search for the music of Joseph Key led him to an intensive exploration of manuscripts in Warwick County Record Office and the background of the composers of the music therein
Book Review: Twelve Psalm Tunes composed for the use of the church at North Mymms by Matthew Cooke (1761-1819), edited and introduced by Ian Cutts - Francis Roads assesses this publication of music set out for the use of singers and instrumentalists
Editing and Preparing for Publication - Ian Cutts describes the journey toward the realisation of the above volume
CD Review: The Full-fugued Song - Charlotte Bailey assesses Furze Swan’s recording of Thomas Hardy’s poems, all with musical references
Two Newspaper Extracts:
(1) Singing (or not) at a Cornish Funeral; (from The West Briton, 1853) - contributed by Alan Seymour
(2) Publication of The Hertfordshire Melody: (book of church music, 1773) - contributed by Jackie Patten
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