Musicians & singers are invited to join The Mellstock Band in an energetic and fun workshop weekend exploring the carols and songs of the old West Gallery bands, and the sounds and tradition of Hardy’s Wessex.
In most parts of England, from the mid 1700s onwards, groups of singers and instrumentalists played and sang in the gallery of their village church and went round the parish at Christmas to sing carols. Mixing powerful voices, strings and wind instruments, with vigorous rhythms, soaring counterpoint and strange harmonies, this is the sound of the pre-Victorian rural Christmas!
More details to follow!
Who’s it For?
Singers – of all levels of experience and ability, who want to enjoy singing in both large and smaller ensembles.
Musicians – players of most instruments – woodwind, squeezeboxes, brass – but not keyboards, percussion or guitars / strumming instruments. Not sure? Get in touch. You will need a good working knowledge of their instrument.
The Mellstock Band entertain with a unique combination of singing, instrumental music and spoken word, encompassing west gallery harmony, traditional songs, glees, dances, marches, poems and stories.
As well as performing their popular themed costume shows, they play for dances, present workshops and provide rural sounds for all kinds of public and private events.
“Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Mellstocks.” (Susan Segal, Riverhouse Arts)
The Mellstock Band present the genuine sound of English traditional folk music – merry and majestic tunes, songs of love and laughter, carols and original harmonies.
Dave Townsend (Director)
Concertina, Violin & Voice
Violin & Voice
Clarinets & Voice
Serpent & Voice