WEST GALLERY WORKSHOP – IMMANUEL’S GROUND, LED BY EDWIN MACADAM
(a.k.a. DON’T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB)
In the gig economy that was the 18th and early 19th centuries, many a psalm and hymn composer had to turn his hand to other tasks and trades in order to live. Immanuel’s Ground, Warwick’s West Gallery quire, look at some of the music of artisan tunesmiths from around the country.
Sat. Jul. 28th 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Unitarian Chapel
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.