A Traditional Dorset Celebration!

Christmas with the Ridgeway Singers & Band

A Traditional Dorset Celebration!

Sun 4 Dec, 4pm. St Gregory’s Church Marnhull

This image may be subject to copyright

Now a firm fixture in the Artsreach winter programme, The Ridgeway Singers & Band have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present in a special concert for Artsreach this December. Led by folk musicians Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, the group will perform a festive programme inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols from the South Dorset Ridgeway area.

Traditionally sung by village choirs in English country churches, West Gallery music’s demise was brought about by the innovations of the organ and harmonium. West gallery carols and the accompanying musicians who played the fiddle, cello and serpent might have been no more than a footnote in history, if it hadn’t been for this style of popular music being recorded by writers such as Thomas Hardy in the wonderful stories and poems in which he evoked the singers and musicians who performed it.

This image may be subject to copyright

This year’s seasonal programme by the singers and band will include works from the Hinton St Mary and Fordington manuscripts, together with original carols composed in the West Gallery tradition, including ‘One Bright Star’ by Tim Laycock. Interspersed with some sparkling instrumental pieces and midwinter stories, plus a few Ridgeway favourites, expect a heart-warming seasonal celebration of all things Dorset!

This image may be subject to copyright

See The Ridgeway Singers & Band performing in St Gregory’s Church, Marnhull at 4pm on Sunday 4 December, where refreshments and mince pies will also be served! Tickets and further information are available from 01258 820458 or online at www.artsreach.co.uk

Event location map

Society calendar
Upcoming events
Latest news
The Thomas Hardy Society 2022
HomeJoin usMenuContact us

This website uses cookies

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.

OK Accept Cookies

09c23ec4358d9172e3feaf7aa95d7539 / 23fc1d770a72badf42a5e7b436e6c7deExmouth Running Club