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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Events: Songs & Music of the English Village Bands and Choirs with The Mellstock Band

The Mellstock Band
On Saturday 10 December 2011, a day of singing and instrumental music making, led by The Mellstock Band, followed by an evening concert in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset will be held at the Cranborne Village Hall.

West Gallery music has unique vigour and excitement, as well as being accessible to singers and musicians of all abilities. It is rhythmic, full-voiced, and has a fascinating combination of wild harmonies and unorthodox counterpoint. The choirs and their music are unforgettably portrayed by Thomas Hardy in 'Under the Greenwood Tree' and some of the pieces we will be singing and playing come from the Hardy family's own collection of manuscript books, and from other Dorset sources.

Singers and musicians will find it helpful to have a basic knowledge of written music. The intention is to do as the village bands did, and welcome whatever suitable instruments are available, whether in modern or historical forms. The only instruments not suited to this repertoire are keyboard instruments and chordal instruments such as guitar. Followed at 7:30 by a concert "The Leaves of Life".
  • Venue: Village Hall, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5QB
    Time: Workshop 10.30am – 4.30pm. Concert: 7:30pm
    Cost: £45.00
    book or make enquiry now!
For more information on venues and booking prices visit www.joyousisle.com or telephone 01202 885294 or 01258 840097

More information about the performers visit the Mellstock Band at  www.mellstockband.com

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