Wednesday 13th September 2017: Gladly Solemn Sound - 13/09/17
8pm, £5 (Adults) / £3 (U18s), Unreserved Seating
The Gladly Solemn Sound choir was formed in Lancaster in 1992 to explore and sing ‘West Gallery Music’, the
all-but-forgotten rural church music of the 18th and early 19th centuries. At that time, most small churches were
organ-less and their choirs were led by fiddles, clarinets, cellos, flutes and bassoons. The music was often florid
and lively, rhythmically energetic, and delighting in earthy (sometimes unorthodox) harmonies and simple polyphony;
Victorian reformers disliked the style, preferring the more decorous ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’, sung by children’s
choirs, to organ or harmonium accompaniment.
The choir’s repertoire consists mostly of English metrical psalm settings, anthems and carols, often taken directly from local manuscripts: in this concert we shall be mostly using music from Cumbrian sources, with accompaniment
from our string trio, ‘The Fiddlers Three’
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