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Most Quires (except where noted) have practices open to visitors by arrangement (please tel or email) and membership is open to all. To find a quire near you, click on the map.

Abbreviations: WG = West Gallery; SH = Shapenote

Map of England & Wales

Amber Valley Quire (Derbyshire) - A non-costumed quire (WG with local Derbyshire and Leicestershire specialities) meeting on the second and fourth Sundays of every month except August, in Horsley Woodhouse, Derbyshire. Practices are open to singers and instrumentalists - just let us know so that we can provide music.

    Contacts: Heather Flockton, tel.01773 833371 or email - (or Zuzanna Forster)
    Music Directors: Zuzanna Forster email

Beaminster Gallery Quire (Dorset) - A costumed quire (mainly WG) meeting on most Thursday evenings from September to May at 7.30 pm in Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. Practices are open to visitors and membership is open to all, subject to the balance between parts. Performances have included concerts, church services, Beaminster Festival and pub carols on Twelfth Night.

    Contact: Ron & Pauline Emett 01308 868377 - email
    Music Director: Ron Emett

Bedford Gallery Quire - A costumed quire (WG and Social music of the period) meeting on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays each month at Priory Methodist Church, 63 Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ. Concerts, festivals, workshops and functions of virtually any kind undertaken.

    Contact: Ken Baddley 01234 310018 - email
    or Linda Reed 01234 216623 - email
    Music Director: Ken Baddley email

Bristol Harmony (Bristol and South Glos.) - A non-costumed quire (WG and village band music) meeting on 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings in Bristol. Performances have included concerts and church services.

    Contact: Peter John 0117 932 7107 - email
    Music Directors: Anne Koerber and Esther Steward - email

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

    Contact: Pete Crooke, 01761 434479   email
    Music Directors: John Shaw 0117 967 3443 email

Chiltern West Gallery Quire (Home Counties N of London) - A costumed quire (WG - mostly local) meeting monthly on Saturday afternoons in Welwyn Garden City. Performances have included concerts, church services and festivals.

    Contact: Antonina Spittal 0207 263 7418 or email
    Music Director: Jenny Ellis 01462 629539 or email

Christminster Singers (Oxfordshire) - An unaccompanied Oxford-based performing group (WG, SH, folk, etc) which practises throughout the year. Membership is by invitation. Performances (non-costume) include concerts, music festivals and workshops locally, throughout the UK and abroad.

    Contact: Dave Townsend 01865 714778 email
    Music Director: Dave Townsend

CDs: William Knapp: West Gallery Anthems and Psalms see details
Let the Echo Fly, The Story of West Gallery Music - see details

The Gladly Solemn Sound (North Lancashire) - A non-costumed choir (mostly WG) meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings, 8 - 10pm, at the Gregson Centre, Lancaster. Performances have included concerts, festivals and weddings.

    Contact: Paul Guppy 01524 68621   email
    Music Director: Paul Guppy

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

The Grace Darling Singers (Manchester and Cheshire) - A non-costumed group (WG and early American psalmody) meeting monthly on Sunday afternoons in Poynton. Performances include concerts, services, lecture-recitals and workshops.

    Contact: Sally Drage 01260 270217 email
    Music Director: Sally Drage

The Greenwood West Gallery Quire (South Lincs, East Notts, North Cambs) A partly-costumed quire (WG only) meeting monthly at St James the Great, Aslackby, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 0HG to prepare for performances, currently about 6 per year.

    Contact: Pete Shaw 01778 571563 or
    Mike Stevens 01775 766923 email
    Music Director: Vaughan Roberts 01778 426265 or email Pete Shaw 01778 571563 email

Immanuel's Ground - The quire rehearses every Wednesday at Northgate Methodist Church, Warwick (WG, SH, dance tunes). Performances - mostly in costume but sometimes in modern dress - include concerts, church services, illustrated lectures, workshops, educational videos and pub sessions.
The quire hosts the annual Mid-Shires’ Quires’ Day, and Byfield Village Carols.

    Contact: Sheila Macadam 01865 865773 or email
    Music Director: Edwin Macadam 01865 865773 or email

The John Moore Quire (West Midlands and Shropshire) - A costumed quire (WG, glees, dance tunes) meeting monthly on the 3rd Sunday, 2 - 4 pm, at the Methodist Church Hall, Duke Street, Broseley, TF12 5LU. Performances include concerts, church services, Bridgnorth Folk Festival, and workshops.

    Contact: Rita Powell 01952 883475 or email
    or: Marjie Wright 01952 882009 of email
    Music Director: Bryan Shepherd mob. 07918 100083 or email

Joyful Noise - A non-costumed quire (mainly WG, some SH) based in Hamsterley Colliery, near Ebchester, Co. Durham, but temporarily inactive. For future plans, please contact Win Stokes. Performances have been concerts, church services, church crawls and workshops.

    Contact: Win Stokes 0191 257 5918 email
    Music Director: Paul Gailiunas

The Larks of Dean Quire (mid Lancashire) - A non-costumed unaccompanied quire (mainly WG, some SH) meeting on the 1st &3rd Sundays each monthexcept July & August, 7:30 - 9:30 pm at the United Reformed Church, Bury, Lancs. Performances: concerts, church services, illustrated talks and workshops.

    Contact: Jean Seymour 01617 611544 email
    Music Director: Jean Seymour

London Gallery Quire (London inside the M25) - A non-costumed quire (WG only) meeting on alternate Wednesday evenings during term time at St James Garlickhythe Church, London.

    Contact: Stella Hardy 0207 515 4639 email
    Music Director: Francis Roads

CD: Praise Ye The Lord - see details
Book of Music: Your Voices Raise - see details

The Madding Crowd (Hampshire) - A costumed quire (mostly WG, glees, folk songs, patriotic songs) meeting every Sunday evening, 7:45 - 10 pm at St Boniface Church, Chandlers Ford. Guest night for visitors is the 1st Sunday monthly or by special arrangement. Membership is by invitation. Performances include concerts, church services, folk festivals, heritage events, and "Going the Rounds".

    Contact: Daphne Goddard Coates 01243 531497 or email
    Music Director: Mike Bailey

CD: Hark, Shepherds, Hark - see details

You can watch short videos of the Madding Crowd Wassailing at Manor Farm, Botley and
leading a carols workshop at Emery Down, Nr Lyndhurst, New Forest

The Marsh Warblers (Kent) - A costumed quire (mainly WG, with glees, patriotic & folk songs) meeting on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays each month at Sandhurst Baptist Church, Kent. Performances include concerts, workshops, church services, and annual church tour.

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

CDs: visit website

Norfolk West Gallery Quire - A Quire based in Spooner Row, South Norfolk, aiming to sing and play in local churches with West Galleries. Performances have included West Gallery Evensong, Harvest and Christmas services. Fortnightly rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in the Guild Church of the Holy Trinity, Spooner Row; open to visitors and membership is open to all.
12-20 singers and instrumentalists

    Contact: Brian Randall (Chairman) 01953 601939 or email
    Music Director: Tom Herman 07950 320461 or email

Pembrokeshire West Gallery Quire (W.Wales) - Temporarily inactive, but enquiries can be directed to Jonathan Parker.

    Contact: Jonathan Parker mob.07443 425115 or email
    Music directors: Val McInally and John Tose

Purbeck Village Quire (Dorset) - A costumed quire (WG and Folk) meeting weekly on Monday evenings, 7:30pm (except February, July & August) at Wareham Methodist Church. Performances have included concerts, workshops, Music and Folk Festivals, "Going the Rounds", harvest suppers, with barn dances.

    Contact: Dawn Skye 01202 680334 or email
    Secretary and Admin: Chris Pullen 01929 423505 or email
    Music Director: Steve Earwicker 01929 480737 or email

CDs: Round the Year with the Village Quire - see details
Christmas in Purbeck - see details
DVD: A Village Christmas from Dorset Past - see details
Band Music Book: Never on Sunday - see details

The Ridgeway Singers and Band (Dorset) - A non-period costumed group performing West Gallery, folk song arrangements and original compositions mainly from Dorset
Leaders: Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries
Contact: Phil Humphries 01258 837034 or email
For concerts, CD, contacts, please visit website

Shropshire Harmony - A non-costumed quire (mainly WG) meeting at 2-5pm on the 4th Sunday of the month in Bishop Castle’s Methodist Hall. Membership is open to all; prior contact is useful. Occasional concert performances are indertaken.

    Secretary: Trevor Chalkley - for contact details, visit the choir's website
    Music Director: Sue Harris email

Stream of Sound - A non-costumed group of young singers (WG, SH, world harmonies & folk song), meeting on term-time Tuesday evenings in Stourbridge. Open to anyone aged 12 -24, no prior musical training necessary. Performances include major folk festivals, churches, town halls, workshops and residential courses.

    Contact: Caroline Price 01384 377833 or email
    Music Director: Caroline Price - email

CDs: Bottled at Source (English Music); Time & Tide

Sussex Harmony - A sometimes costumed quire (WG and SH) meeting most Thursday evenings, except August, at South Malling Church, Lewes. Visitors and new members are warmly welcomed to practices. Performances have included concerts, church services, folk gigs, festivals, receptions in venues ranging from theatres to a brewery.

Book: The Singing Seat - see details

The Thomas Clark Quire (West Kent) - meets for rehearsal at Maidstone Baptist Church, 8-10pm on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (except August). Occasional performances are undertaken, usually in costume. Visitors and new members are welcome.

    Contact: Barry Tucker 01622 763916 or email
    Music Director: Barry Tucker

Tranter's Party (Cotswolds) - An occasional quire (mostly WG) that meets in Condicote, near Stow on the Wold, every year for a performance around Christmas. About twelve singers and instrumentalists.

    Contact: Annette Smith, 01451 830160 or email
    Music Director: Annette Smith

Tuesday Occasionals (Derbys, Notts, and Leics) - A non-costumed quire (WG and SH) meeting weekly on Tuesdays. Performances have included concerts, church services, folk festivals, and workshops

    Contact: Ian West 01952 882448 - email
    Music Director: Helen Brown

The Village Quire (Herefordshire / Powys border) - A non-costumed quire (mainly WG, some SH and folk song) meeting weekly on Friday evenings, 7:30 - 9:30 in Maesyronnen Chapel, Cwmbach, near Glasbury-on-Wye on the Herefordshire / Powys border. Membership is by invitation. Performances have been church / charity concerts, village fayres and folk events.

    Contact: Dave Newell or Cheryl Christopher 01497 847676 - email
    Music Director: Dave Newell

Vital Spark (Worcs and Herefs) - A non-costumed quire (WG and SH) meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings at 8:30pm in West Malvern Village Hall. Practices are open to visitors by arrangement and membership is by invitation. Performances have included concerts, church services and festivals.

    Contact: Sue Smith 01905 423488 email
    Music Director: John Williams
    You can keep up to date with our activities by checking our Facebook page. It can be accessed HERE

CDs: Vital Spark present Vital Spark see details
There Were Shepherds - see details

Washaway West Gallery Choir (Cornwall) - A non-costumed choir (WG, some glees) meeting monthly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at St Conan’s Church, Washaway, Cornwall. Practices are open to visitors by arrangement and membership is by invitation. Main annual event is a concert of carols and readings at Pencarrow House, a local stately home. Other performances have been services and concerts.

    Contact: Peter Meanwell 01208 78393 email or Linda Collins email
    Music Director: Peter Meanwell

The West Gallery Quire (Devon) - A costumed quire (WG and other music of the period) meeting on alternate Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at St Lawrence Chapel, Threshers, Crediton, EX17 3LW. Performances have included concerts, church services, folk and civic arts festivals and a wedding.

    Contact: Alan Weeks 01404 822028 or email
    Music Director: Claire Willman

The William East Quire (Leics, Rutland and S Lincs) - A costumed quire (mostly WG, some SH) meeting on Fridays 8 - 9:30 pm, (not every week) at Brewery House, High Street, Ketton. Performances have included concerts, church services, weddings and historical commemorations.

    Contact: David Moore 0115 9664938 email
    Music Directors: Mary Cade, David Moore, Philip Riley, Stewart Heyday

Overseas Quires

The West Gallery Quire, Boston, Massachussetts, USA - A non-costumed quire meeting monthly at Newton Highlands Congregational Church, Newton, MA. Performances (WG only) have been concerts, church services and folk festivals.

    Contact: Bruce Randall (001) 978 373 5852 email
    Music Director: Bruce Randall


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