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Saturday 30th January sees Immanuel's Ground back at Byfield for the Quire's Away Day, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, to go through new music for coming performances. However, anyone who would like to see what we do, is most welcome to attend. Please would you telephone or email the Quiremaster or Secretary to let us know beforehand if you are coming. Cost of soup and cheese lunch at the local pub, The Cross Tree in Byfield, is 7. See further details using the link above.

Because a number of members of the Quire have moved away from the area (one to Australia!) there are some vacancies amongst singers and instrumentalists alike. Other practices before the 'Away Day' are at Northgate Methodist Church in Warwick, on January 13 and 27, which might bemore convenient for you!

Date for your Diaries
Mid-Shires' Quires' Day - Sat 23rd April 2016 - Byfield Village Hall
Booking Form available here

If you would like any further details, or would like adding to our circulation list, please contact us

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 will be in the forthcoming 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

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

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