July Choral Evensong at Fovant

A West Gallery Evensong

a traditional musical style

A Village Choir Thomas Webster 1847. [Victoria & Albert Museum]
During 2019 we sang a West Gallery Evensong. Stuart Robinson writes: This delightful tradition which flourished during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was a reaction against the comparative formality of choral services, and takes its name from the fact that singers and instrumentalists would occupy the west gallery in a church. There was such a gallery in St John’s until the 19th century!  West Gallery Music is a style deeply rooted in the West country – in fact we sang a setting of the Nunc Dimittis sourced from a manuscript in the Dorset County Museum.

Click here to watch O for a thousand tongues to sing performed during our West Gallery Evensong.

To find out more about West Gallery Music click here to go to the website of the West Gallery Music Association.

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