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New quire revisits the past

West Gallery Quire at Epworth Church.

West Gallery Quire at Epworth Church.

An old tradition was brought back to life for an evening of music at Epworth Parish Church.

A ‘quire’ made up of musicians and singers from local churches performed in St Andrew’s new gallery, as would have been common practice across the Isle 200 years ago.

Both the audience and performers wore nineteenth-century style costumes. Keith Topham of Epworth read excerpts from Thomas Hardy’s ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’, to demonstrate the history of galleries or quires, and the tensions that resulted from their replacement by church organs.

St Andrew’s Church restoration committee chairman Melvyn Rose said: “It was a well attended and very successful evening.”

 

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