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Truan Trust Concert

Quire logoSt Mary the Virgin, Peldon sees a welcome 4th return of Quire-Octavia and Quire-Towering Angels on 9th November.

These two lively groups from Quire (The Colchester World Music Community Choir), will present a programme of love songs, drinking songs,humorous songs and seasonal songs and, along the way, help raising funds for the education of a student in Uganda who is sponsored by St Mary’s PCC.

Starting at 7:30pm, tickets on the door: £10 (con. £8) incl. refreshments or phone Bill Tamblyn on 735 770 for reservations.

Profits to the Tuan Trust a registered charity.

Quire (with Octavia) CD SHout! – hear extracts on


Quires in our Villages – Peldon History Lecture

peldon-history-quiresWith vocal support from members of Quire (The Colchester World Music Community Choir), Bill Tamblyn celebrates the work of local music historian, Chris Turner, revealing the wealth of music sung in West Galleries in our area from the 18th century onwards.

Come and join in a rumbustious song or two on Wednesday 16th May at 7:30pm in St Mary’s Church, Peldon! Tickets £8

Tel: Bill Tamblyn 01206 735770

This is NOT about Anglican choirs as we know them today. But interestingly enough, the story does reflect the antagonism between choir and clergy that goes way, way back into our folk history. Nothing new here!

Professor Bill Tamblyn begins with the mystery: What ever happened to the West Gallery at Peldon? All the evidence was cleared away when it was pulled down in the mid 19th century.. or was it?

Was there a West Gallery Quire of rustics who sang loudly from the gallery and ‘led’ the singing? If so, what did they sing? Can we sing it too?

Building on scraps of information from Peldon, and records from other parishes round the country, Bill creates a musical picture of a lively, rumbustious and irascible bunch who created a whole new form of music-making that was to liven up services and, as is still true to day in the North of England, liven up pub singing at Christmas.

Bill brings with him members of Quire – The Colchester World Music Community Choir to help us enter in to the spirit of the times. You will go out with a lively spring in your step and a song in your heart such that you will ask “why cant we sing like that in church these days?