Called to be Saints

Description and activities

We sing and play music now known as ‘West Gallery’ which was played and enjoyed in village churches from about 1720 to 1860.

The music is usually in two or three or four part harmony, sometimes with fugueing, and is exciting to sing.

Hymns in the same tradition are being written even today, since this type of music is very popular all over England. There are also some West Gallery choirs in America and Australia.

Fees: £15 per annum. This covers room hire, refreshments etc
Eligibility: Anyone of any age can join. We especially would like more musicians. At present the full strength, singers and musicians, is about 30 people.
Venue: Church House, Nailsea
Date: Monthly meetings, usually the second Saturday (but check with Eileen first)
Time: 2-5pm

We have a Summer Tour round local village churches, and have just recently enjoyed singing in five churches in one day to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, ending with a meal in a local restaurant and a ceilidh!

The Winter Tour is usually shorter and includes many local traditional carols.

The choir has about 40 members including the musicians. Sometimes we sing a capella and the instrumentalists can then join the singers. We sing some early American hymns from the Sacred Harp tradition and a few English folk songs as well as our main interest.


Eileen Wilson
T: 01275 852 942

A Mendip village in the middle of everywhere

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