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Live Music: Come and Psing Psalmody (with David Owen Norris)

Sunday 22nd October 2023, 2:00pm

Join David Owen Norris and enjoy a colourful afternoon recreating – or just listening to – the sounds of country churches 200 years ago.

Psalmody, also known as West Gallery Music after the spaces where choirs would perform it from, is the music described by Thomas Hardy in many of his novels. Simple to perform, it is written for various combinations of singers and instruments. There are many amateur ‘Quires’ devoted to it who often dress in period costume.

This afternoon’s event is also an opportunity to view the University of Southampton’s psalmody collection. Housed in the Hartley Library, the collection was recently expanded with the acquisition of the Rollo Woods bequest of manuscripts and working papers, named after the renowned folk musician and music researcher.

11.30am Rehearsal for student instrumentalists & WGMA instrumentalists (rehearsal open to singer participants)
1pm Bring your own lunch break. Opportunity to visit manuscript displays in Hartley Library
2pm-3.45pm Full rehearsal, with all singer participants and instrumentalists
4.15pm Concert part 1 including talk on composing for worship, with special guest composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad
4.55pm Interval including complimentary tea & cake
5.15pm Concert part 2 including performance of Lord Wellington’s March, composed in the early 19th century by Princess Charlotte of Wales, and the manuscript for which is in the University archives.

Listeners very welcome too – rehearsal 2 – 4.30pm. Performance punctuated by tea, 4.15 – 6pm

For participating singers: copies of the music for study beforehand will be available from September on

Participants £5 (price includes tea and cake)
Audience £10 (price includes tea and cake)

Come and Psing Psalmody is a collaboration between the University Music Department, the West Gallery Music Association (WGMA), University of Southampton Voices, and singers from local choral societies.


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Location:Turner Sims Concert Hall
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