A Music Workshop.

Event Start Date:
September 16, 2018
Event End Date:
September 16, 2018
Event Venue:
Astbury Church. CW12 4RQ.

Murdered Anthems and Improper Psalms?
September 16, 2018. Astbury Church.
2.30-5.00. £4, including music, in aid of the organ fund.
Booking needed – please contact sally@drage.me.uk

Singers and instrumentalists are invited to join Astbury church choir and the Grace Darling Singers for an entertaining introduction to West Gallery church music, led by Dr Sally Drage, an authority on 18th-century English church music.
The workshop will explore the rich heritage of lively, vibrant music sung in the parish churches and nonconformist chapels of Georgian England. This was thrown out by the Victorians for being too frivolous and is only now being rediscovered. As it was composed for ordinary people rather than for cathedral choristers, it is not difficult and is refreshingly unpredictable and fun to sing.
It is suitable for all voices, and for treble and bass instruments, especially woodwind and strings. Parts will be taught and the arrangements are flexible (pieces vary from unison to four parts), with any voice singing the tune. Music can be emailed in advance – see address above.
It will include a wide variety of music – exuberant fuguing tunes, melancholic metrical psalms, Primitive Methodist rants, Sheffield pub carols etc. – by local composers such as Richard Taylor of Chester and Uriah Davenport of Rushton Spencer, and by much better known ones such as Henry Purcell and Joseph Haydn. Find out who was accused of murdering anthems, why some psalms were considered improper, who stormed out of chapel with his son under one arm and a cello under the other, and who nearly got blown up by fireworks!