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As from the beginning of September 2021 we are resuming socially-distanced practices in

Northgate Church Hall, Warwick, on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays in the month at 8 pm.

WE
INVITE SINGERS on all four parts - Treble, Alto, Tenor and Bass -  to join in with us at practices.  Some of the
older music is tenor-led, i.e., the tune is sung by the Tenors, and the Trebles have a very important counterpoint part.
Altos and Basses help to enrich the harmony, and all parts are doubled by our instruments.


Do drop in to a practice at Northgate and see just how different this
music is!
Details of how to contact us can be
found here.
 
 


Practices

Sorry to say, but as from 8th January 2022, practices have  again been postponed until
the current wave of Covid has subsided.

           

>>>>>>>> Music from past performances - link here <<<<<<<<
Pictures from past years - link here

 

 

 

ALSO
We invite you to sing along with some of our music!
Here are a variety of files to listen to  and/or sing along with,
mp3 files from IGQ's past recordings - some practice, some performance, to listen to,
pdf files from our repertoire which give our settings of the music, plus words,
midi files created from the music software we use, and
capx files from which the pdfs are created, and which are readable to sing along with,
using Capella Reader...

Go to Sing Along Music Page


    


If you would like any further details, or would like adding to our circulation list,
please
contact us

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Picture - Rachel Conlon

Immanuel's Ground is a Quire based in Warwick, was formed in the Autumn of 2001, and draws members from the "Heart of England", which, generally speaking, is Oxfordshire, Northants, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. We also have members from further afield.

As a costumed quire, we sing music from the West Gallery period, ie roughly between 1725 and 1850, this including not only the sacred music sung in rural parish churches, so well recorded by Thomas Hardy in Under the Greenwood Tree, but also secular part-songs, glees and catches, and the popular music of the period, with especial emphasis on local composers and musicians. This is accompanied by a small number of instruments such as would have been found in any village band of that time.

The other part of our repertoire comes from a parallel and living singing tradition in America, and especially New England, that of shapenote music, with its exciting and sometimes unexpected harmonies, kept alive since the time of the earliest settlers. We also include some of the new compositions still being written today. 

We take part in concerts, church services (usually a form of evening service), carols - concerts, services and pub sessions - and are happy to share the music with local choirs by workshops and other participatory events, either on their own or as a prelude to a shared service. Local historical material is included wherever possible.  See where we shall be in the coming months.

We would like to encourage additional players of appropriate instruments (strings, bassoon, clarinet, flute etc),  and ALSO singers - in order to strengthen the lead lines.  Much of the music is tenor-led, i.e., the tune is sung by the Tenors, and the Trebles have a very important counterpoint. Do come along to a practice and see just how different this music is; details of how to contact us can be found here. 

Our repertoire and details of concerts and workshops, etc, can be
found here.

     







Before  &  After
The Quire in 1891                                                                                                The Quire in May 2016 at Stoneleigh    

 



When Musick's notes with steps already move
Thro' virtue's paths, and breathe with heav'nly love,
The rapt'rous mind from earthly mansions flies,
And soars aloft above the starry skies
.
Extract from Thomas Collins' Book of Psalmody
Nuneaton 1774

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