Scenes of Life
4th May 2013
Warwick’s West Gallery Quire
Readings are taken from The King James Bible;
Works Serious & Comical in Prose & Verse
Brown, (9th ed.pub. 1760);
Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy (pub.
1872); Old Oak by Rev’d John Linnell (pub. 1932).
Tunes: Hebron, or Sweet Home, and The
Psalm 34 NV – Through all the changing
scenes of life
From the New Version of the Psalms, to the tune
‘Wiltshire’ by Joseph Stephenson (1723-1810),
for 42 years Clerk to the Unitarian Chapel in
The Seasons Anthem – Settings of Psalm
147, paraphrased by Isaac Watts,
Music by Elisha West (1802), Daniel Read (1785)
and Joseph Stone (c 1788), all from New England.
Round – ‘She who lies here’
Music by John Wall Calcott (1766-1821) from Vol.
3 of the collection of the Composer's Glees,
Canons and Catches compiled by William Horsley
in 1824. Originally scored for four high voices,
this setting has been rearranged for Immanuel’s
Song – ‘Oxen Ploughing’
Possibly one of the songs in which plough boys
sang their own praises in the course of their
procession through the streets on ‘Plough
Monday’ (the first Monday after Twelfth Night).
Glee – ‘Orpheus with his lute made trees’
Words quoted in Shakespeare's Henry VIII, Act
III scene 1, and set to music by Garrett Wesley,
1st Earl of Mornington, (1735-1781), from
Warren’s 19th Collection of Catches, Canons and
Carol – ‘Candlemas Eve’ – Down with the
Rosemary and Bays
Robert Herrick’s poem set to music by an unknown
church composer, and found by Rev’d L T J
Darwell in an unknown Dorset manuscript.
Psalm – ‘Kingsbridge’ – Rejoice ye shining
worlds on high
An arrangement of an unknown tune by Aaron
Williams (1731-1776), set to Watts’ version of
Psalm 24. Williams was a Welsh teacher,
composer, and compiler, active in England during
the 18th century. Heserved as clerk of the
Presbyterian Scots Church, London Wall.
Hymn for Good Friday – Dear Saviour O what
ails this heart?
The tune is by James Evison of Kent (1747). The
text was first used by Thomas Playford in 1701.
Hymn – ‘Walpole’ – Oh, if my soul was formed
Music published by Abraham Wood in 1793. He was
born and died in Northborough, Massachusetts,
and a fuller by trade, who led the town's choir
for 32 years. He was a drummer during the War of
Anthem – ‘Easter Anthem’
Music by William Billings (1746-1800), the first
New England composer to publish his own book of
music for psalm singing. The words are by Edward
Young, the English poet (1681-1765), taken from
‘Night Thoughts’, (The Complaint, or Night
Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality)
published in 1742.
I N T E R V A L
Tunes: The Ploughboy and King Pippin Polka.
Psalm – ‘Rainbow’ – 'Tis by thy strength the
Psalm 65, paraphrased by Isaac Watts, the music
is by Timothy Swan (1758-1842), of Massachusetts
and Connecticut. He was a hatter and milliner by
trade, teaching singing schools in his spare
time, and started composing in the New England
style at the early age of 16.
Hymn – ‘Washington’ – Lord when thou didst
ascend on high
The tune is by William Billings, and the words
are by Isaac Watts, 1719. It first appeared in
Billings's The Singer Master's Assistant,
Boston, 1778, and its first publication in
England was in 1805, when Dr Addington’s 13
former publications of Psalm and Hymn Tunes were
republished with ‘additions and improvements’.
Instrumental Dance Tune – ‘The Triumph’
Allison Thompson (Dancing Through Time, 1998)
describes the dance as one in which "the man
leads, not his own partner, but his neighbour's
partner down the length of the set, while her
own partner follows jealously behind them. All
three dancers then turn, and the lucky lady
processes back to her place, while the two rival
gentlemen hold hands in a triumphal arch over
her head. The three-some figure of the dance
mirrors the love triangle perfectly".
Psalm 128 – The Wedding Psalm
No wedding was complete without singing the
wedding psalm, and this version is taken from
Jonathan Gibbons’ MS book, from Castor, nr
Peterborough, 1786. It is a resetting by William
East in 1750 of an earlier tune written by
Michael Beesly of Wootton, Oxfordshire, in 1746.
Psalm – ‘Cedar’
Isaac Watts’ versification of Psalm 92, with
music by Thomas Clark (1809). Thomas Clark was
"conductor of the music at the Wesleyan Chapel,
Canterbury, and latterly of the Unitarian
Canterbury". He was a boot and shoe maker by
trade, but became one of the most prolific
psalmodists of the early nineteenth century.
Song – The Farmer’s Toast
A setting of traditional words by Mike Bailey,
MD of our sister west gallery quire from
Winchester, The Madding Crowd.
Join in with the chorus -
I have lawns,
I have bowers, I have fields, I have flowers,
And the lark
is my daily alarmer.
So it’s jolly
boys, now, Here’s Godspeed the plough,
Long life and
success to the Farmer.
Anthem – taken from Psalm 65
This is a short early 18th century setting of
Psalm 65, taken from a Matthew Wilkins’
Introduction to Psalmody, published c1750. The
setting itself has been traced back to about
1723, although by the time of Wilkins’ book, had
been shorn of some of the other solos which
preceded the final chorus.
Hymn – ‘Harvest Home’
The words are by Joseph Hinchsliffe, written in
1797 for the use of Methodist Chapels in and
around Sheffield, Rotherham and Nottingham.
Music possibly by a David Ellis of Mirfield near
Leeds, found in a newly discovered manuscript
book once owned by John Sugden of Saltersforth,
which was in 1843 in Lancashire, but now in
Anthem – Come unto me all ye that are heavy
The music by Thomas Clark of Canterbury, and the
words are Matthew 11:25-30 (King James Version).
Glee – ‘Avon’
Based on Hymn 295 in the Surrey Chapel
Collection, this glee is by C W Bannister.
Although the words are secular they carry a very
Hymn – ‘Gibraltar’ – On Jordan’s bank the
he music is set to a tune called Gibraltar, of
which several versions are known in west gallery
MSS. This comes from one of two manuscript quire
books rescued from a Help the Aged charity shop
in Malvern, and originated from the village of
Marsh Gibbon in Buckinghamshire. They belonged
to Richard Herring.
Carol – ‘The Black Decree’
Collected in 1997 from the singing of Charley
Bream in the Forest of Dean, by Bob Patten and
the late Andrew Taylor.
Carol – ‘Song of the Angels’ – While
shepherds watched their flocks by night
The words are by Nahum Tate (1702) and the music
by William Knapp, of Poole, Dorset (1753)
Immanuel’s Ground, Warwick’s west gallery
quire, is a costumed group of singers and
instrumentalists who perform music of the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, reviving
the psalmody and hymnody of the rural parish
church from around 200 years ago, so much
beloved of Thomas Hardy and exemplified in his
novels and poetry. This raw and exciting music
is genuinely "music of the people" and also
found its way into the independent chapels,
before being lost and almost forgotten by the
beginning of the twentieth century. Our
repertoire also includes secular music from the
Georgian period and psalmody from the American
tradition in the same era, taking to heart the
nstruction of John Wesley to "sing lustily and
with good courage".
Formed in Autumn 2001, the Quire currently has
some 30 singers, plus one or two instruments on
each part (SATB). Members of the Quire come from
all over the Heart of England and meet to
rehearse at Northgate Methodist Church, Warwick,
on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of
each month. The Quire has appeared at events
sacred and secular, including church services,
carol concerts, the Bromsgrove Proms, Harvest
Festival day at Cogges Rural Museum, Witney, and
the Nelson bicentenary celebrations at Burton
Dassett church. We also run an annual Workshop
Day featuring music by local composers, and
another on local carols. On the educational
side, we have helped create a music and history
video for schools, and are working with a local
music hub in order to develop curriculum
materials for schoolchildren.
As a West Gallery Quire, we are available for
services of Evensong from the Prayer Book,
concerts of English and American Psalmody, and
as Christmas approaches, carol concerts,
services, workshops, etc. For more information
go to www.immanuelsground.com or telephone
01926 - 512340.