On 25th June, The Madding Crowd gathered at Brook in the New Forest to sing the Anacreontic Song at the request of Viral History. This song was the signature tune of the Anacreontic Society, a Gentlemen's Glee Club which flourished from 1766 to 1792 and eventually provided the tune for the present USA national anthem, adopted in 1931.
Viral History made a video about the story of the anthem including clips of The Madding Crowd and published it, appropriately, on 4th July.
A photo from the event along with the PDF score and parts can be found on The Madding Crowd website.
South West Quires' Day has been CANCELLED for this month but the usual venue has been rebooked for 2nd October, 2021 - see Calendar page
West Gallery ZOOM Spring Sing - The Chiltern West Gallery Quire invite you to a Zoom Sing on Saturday, 10th April, 2021 - see Calendar page
Mid-Shires' Quires' Day ZOOM Sing - Immanuel's Ground Quire invite you to a Zoom Sing on Saturday, 24th April, 2021 - see Calendar page
Parson Woodforde's Diaries - An article by Alan Seymour from our Newsletter in 2006 now online
- see under Literary References
Another WGMA Zoom Sing-along! Sat April 17th - see Calendar page
Article on William Knapp updated HERE
30th ANNIVERSARY MEETING - About 100 members of the WGMA met on Zoom on 30th December and sang and played along with recordings made at the 20th anniversary meeting in Ironbridge in May 2010. The entire meeting, lasting about 1hour 45minutes, was recorded and was available on YouTube but was removed on 8th January. It provided a good opportunity for WGMA members and friends to listen to the recordings made ten years ago and perhaps see many familiar faces from West Gallery choirs all over the country. Our chairman, Mike Bailey, was MC for the occasion and was ably supported by Christina Pritchard(co-host) and John (co-host) & Christine Burke; Charlotte Bailey did all the admin. The Zoom facilities were provided by Diane Kingston.
PS: Copies of the "Gold Book" - "Let our Joys be Known", containing the music in score and information about the WG Quires who contributed examples of their music to it, are available for purchase - more details HERE
NEW BOOK - Music-making in the Hertfordshire Parish, 1760–1870
by Maggie Kilbey
More details can be found HERE
Events are being Cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic
Please check the Calendar webpage HERE
March 16th, 2020
March 16th, 2020
A Booking Form for the Autumn Singing Weekend in Retford in November
can now be downloaded from HERE
More details for this event can be found HERE
PLEASE NOTE that the WGMA's Discussion Form, which has been out of action for a short while, has been found a new home HERE
Unfortunately old forum members will need to reapply to become "subscribers", although no payment is required.
Adance Notice of WGMA's Autumn Singing Weekend - more details HERE
Don't forget the WGMA's Singing Day and AGM - more details HERE
There you can also find a Copy of the Trustees Annual Report for 2018.
NEW BOOK - The Divine Companion
Henry Playford’s 1722 Compilation of One, Two, and Three Part Music.
Edited for modern choirs by Francis Roads. More details HERE
Samuel Wakely Revisited - additional notes on this Dorset composer HERE.
Sidmouth Autumn Weekend is now FULLY BOOKED. A waiting list has been started.
WGMA Autumn Seaside Singing Weekend - to be held in November, 2019 at Sidmouth, Devon. Flyer with details and a Booking Form can be found HERE
SouthWest Quires' Day, March 2019 - booking form available HERE.
London Gallery Quire Open Rehearsal - Wednesday 14th November - More information HERE
The FIRST Annual General Meeting of the WGMA as a registered charity will take place on Saturday, 12th May, 2018 during a one-day West Gallery workshop hosted by the Amber Valley Quire. The venue will be the Royal School for the Deaf, Derby, DE22 3BH.
Full details of how to book for this free workshop event will be included in the Spring edition of West Gallery newsletter.
NEW Reminiscences of "An Old Chorister" - Daniel Burton, an Oxfordshire singer and cellist - added to the Literary Resources HERE.
SAD NEWS - Rollo Woods died on 29th January.
There will be a Thanksgiving Service on Friday 9th February at 12noon in Swanage URC.
You can read a tribute from his grandson on Facebook HERE
NEW CD - A Cheerful Noise : London Gallery Quire. More details HERE.
NEW painting added to the Art Gallery HERE.
Three Quires' Day no.50, October 2017 - booking form available.
WGMA Autumn Weekend, October 2017 - booking form available.
Good Singing Still, Second edition, now available. More information HERE.
WGMA Spring Weekend, April 2017, has been CANCELLED.
WGMA Spring Weekend, April 2017 - booking form.
Sing Warwick!, February 2017 - details and booking form.
Madding Crowd House Party, Febuary 2017 - more details with a booking form.
Research Meeting no.5, January 2017 - more details.
Booking Form for the WGMA Autumn Weekend at Portland, Dorset, now available.
Details of and links to facsimiles of music collections pubished by John Smith of Lavington, Wiltshire - HERE
Booking Forms for Three Quires' Day at Lewes.
Booking Form for the WGMA Spring Weekend at Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Details of music, timings, etc, for participants in the Weatherbury Quire "Start the Week" concert at Sidmouth Folk Festival can be found HERE
Painting of "Halifax Church Choir" (1796) added to WG Art Gallery; is it authentic? See HERE
Booking Form for the WGMA Autumn Weekend at Hoddesdon, Herts.
Report on Northern Three Quires' Day at Rivington Unitarian Chapel, near Bolton, Lancashire.
Facsimle of 1708 edition of New Version of the Psalms with Music - more details with sample pages HERE
Booking Form for the Wessex Carols Day, Dorset.
Booking Form for the WGMA Autumn Weekend in Portland, Dorset.
Advanced Notice of Research Meeting - see Calendar Page
Advanced Notice of WGMA weekends in 2014 - in May and October
Details of FIRST Beckenham West Gallery Singing Day with Flyer and Booking form.
Details and Booking form for the Wessex Carol Day in November.
Reminiscences of an Oxfordshire Singer and cellist, ca.1870 HERE
Booking Form for WGMA Spring Weekend at Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Reminiscences of Long Preston, Yorkshire, added to the literary references in the Resources section HERE - Thanks to David Welch.
Reminiscences of Ingleton, Yorkshire, added to the literary references in the Resources section HERE - Thanks to Paul Guppy.
More 'Contemporary' literary references added to the Resources section HERE - Thanks to Francis Roads.
Makeover of site; new colour sheme; all pages now open in master page; improved navigation between Resource pages; Praise & Glory page moved HERE
A re-organisation of the site, chiefly renaming of files and folders - you may need to check your bookmarks. Please advise webmaster of any dead links.
More literary references from American sources HERE
A new page of contemporary paintings and engravings of West Gallery choirs, both singers and instrumentalists HERE
A host of references to WG music in early to mid-19th century Newspapers, kindly supplied by Fyn Titford-Mock.
Find out what the papers say HERE
Music for WGMA weekend at Kington, Herefordshire, October 2009, was posted.
Your Voices Raise - West Gallery favourites from the repertoire of London Gallery Quire. See details HERE
Never on Sunday - Marches, Dances, Song Tunes and Party Pieces. See details HERE
WGMA Members: Voting on the Constitution change
204 votes cast (as at 29 Jan) = 46.9% of the membership.
Nobody has voted against. We need 75% to carry ie ca.another 100
Please send in your votes. There is no time limit.
Lost the voting slip? Send any piece of paper with a vote for/against, name in capitals, and signature.
NEW DVD from Purbeck Village Quire - details HERE
New literary quotes added to Resources Pages HERE
Music for WGMA weekend at London Colney, October 2008, made available.
Music for WGMA weekend at Ironbridge, May 2008, made available.
Booking form and details for May WGMA weekend at Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire added.
MP3 files added to Resources pages - from CDs by Gladly Solemn Sound, Madding Crowd and Vital Spark.
New Articles added:
Rules for Singers and Uriah Davenport and the Psalm Singers of Rushton, Staffordshire
Image and music files added to article The Musicians of Rossendale
Reports on a Trafalgar Day Concert in 2000 and Rollo Woods' 80th Birthday.
Gallery of Pictures from the WGMA weekend meeting at Ironbridge including music files.
New Articles added: Reports on Jane Austen Fayre and Mid-Shires Quires' Day
A makeover of the site with some sections rearranged as follows:
Details of the Association moved to a new 'About Us' page.
Rules of the Association moved from 'Articles' page and linked to the 'About Us' page.
Pictures collected together in a 'Picture Gallery' page.
Choir details have been reduced to brief descriptions and contact details as an increasing number of choirs have their own websites - links are given where known.
The WGMA discussion forum and the WGMA mailing list details have been moved to the 'Links' page
The Index to West Gallery, the quarterly Newsletter has been updated to issue no.35 (Autumn 2005) and can be accessed from the 'Publications' page.
Organisations page has been subsumed into the 'Links' Page.
Village Carols now has its own domain name and can be found HERE
Articles - New articles have been added - William Knapp and Rev David Everard Ford. More articles to follow.
The resources pages from Tony Singleton's website have been included in this site under 'Resources'.
These include books about the West Galley Period, anthologies of music, and recordings, as well a selection of literary references to the subject.
The inclusion of this page which will be updated whenever significant change occurs.