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St Barnabas Church, Kenilworth, CV8 1LZ

MATINS
A west gallery service for St Barnabas Day,
and marking Her Majesty's 90th Birthday.
Sunday 12th June
11.00 am

It is the Two Castles Run between Warwick and Kenilworth on the 12th June.  Anyone coming to the service should use the A46, leave it at the turn off for the University (the same as for Stoneleigh) and come into Kenilworth the back way, which is in effect the quickest way to St. Barnabas.  
The main road through Kenilworth may be closed for the runners.

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At present we practise every Wednesday evening at 8 pm at Northgate Church Hall in Warwick.  Practices are open to anyone who would like to attend - we are practising for the Service at Kenilworth. We should like to encourage new members, both singers and players, to join us, so do come along on a Wednesday evening and find out what it's all about!
See the 'New Members' page for further details.

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WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2016
Saturday 23 July

'Immanuel's Ground on Trial at the Court House'
The Old Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, CV34 4EW


A sampler Concert, followed by a west gallery music Workshop
Open to Festival Goers and the Public alike !
Concert:  2.30 pm - 3.10 pm
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Bring your voices and instruments, and make a joyous sound !
Music provided.
Workshop: 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm
       

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Immanuel's Ground is a Quire based in Warwick, was formed in the Autumn of 2001, and draws members from the "Heart of England", which, generally speaking, is Oxfordshire, Northants, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. We also have members from further afield.

As a costumed quire, we sing music from the West Gallery period, ie roughly between 1725 and 1850, this including not only the sacred music sung in rural parish churches, so well recorded by Thomas Hardy in "Under the Greenwood Tree", but also secular part-songs, glees and catches, and the popular music of the period, with especial emphasis on local composers and musicians. This is accompanied by a small number of instruments such as would have been found in any village band of that time.

The other part of our repertoire comes from a parallel and living singing tradition in America, and especially New England, that of shapenote music, with its exciting and sometimes unexpected harmonies, kept alive since the time of the earliest settlers. We also include some of the new compositions still being written today. 

We take part in concerts, church services (usually a form of evening service), carols - concerts, services and pub sessions - and are happy to share the music with local choirs by workshops and other participatory events, either on their own or as a prelude to a shared service. Local historical material is included wherever possible.  See where we shall be in the coming months.

We would like to encourage additional players of appropriate instruments (strings, clarinet, flute etc),  and one or two singers - particularly MALE TENORS in order to strengthen the lead lines.  Much of the music is tenor-led, i.e., the tune is sung by the Tenors, and the Trebles have a very important counterpoint. Do come along to a practice and see just how different this music is; details of how to contact us can be found here.
  Our repertoire and details of concerts and workshops, etc, can be found here.


The Quire in 1891


Stoneleigh - May 2016


Immanuel's Ground at
Walton d'Eivile, Warwickshire, All Saints Day Evensong, Sunday 1st November 2015

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