As of 13th August more than 75% of the tickets had gone for this event, if you are thinking of coming then please pre-book as seats will only be available for those who have pre-booked.
This Madding Crowd concert, performed in period costume, will highlight Extraordinary Georgian Women and music associated with them, including entertaining readings from diaries, newspapers and other contemporary sources.
The Madding Crowd research and perform village music of the period 1650-1850, as described in Thomas Hardy’s ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’. Each village had its own band, which played not only for church services, but also social events. They were normally situated in the west gallery of the church and had something of a reputation for unruliness. West Gallery music began after the Puritans destroyed most of the organs in country churches. It has the feeling rather of folk music and is written mostly in four part harmony. Much of the music is quite unknown today, partly as a result of its deliberate suppression by the Oxford Movement in the late 19th century.
For this special Heritage Open Days concert, the Madding Crowd have researched as many local Extraordinary Women of the period as we can find and linked them to appropriate music that they would have known, played and perhaps composed themselves.
adjacent to The Pilgrims' School
3 The Close