West Gallery Music (2014 - 2014)
West Gallery Music is a style of music describing the harmony songs that used to be sung in English country churches from the 18th century onwards. The music was vibrant and full of life and is accessible today to all singers and instrumentalists, from amateur to professional, as it was then.
Following the success of last autumn's West Gallery concerts, and the Hammond folk song project this summer, the Ridgeway Singers and Band regrouped during the autumn and, led once more by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, they explored West Gallery carols from the Puddletown and Pulham manuscripts. The performers also worked on two newly composed carols inspired by the Ridgeway, before giving concerts over the winter.