Bristol Harmony

We are a group of singers and instrumentalists who meet regularly to rediscover and recreate the vigorous music of 18th and 19th century English village choirs.

Concert at Henbury Parish Church, July 2015
Concert at Henbury Parish Church, July 2015

We are one of some 40 quires (i.e. singers and instruments combined) which are active countrywide: most are affiliated to the West Gallery Music Association, and include enthusiasts of every religious persuasion and of none. ‘Bristol Harmony’ was formed in 2007 with the intention of being a small, high-quality, democratic group, focused on the music of Bristol and the West of England. We sing and play from our own music book, compiled by our members; although we do use musical notation to sing from, we try all we can to enable those who sing by ear to join in, by treating practice meetings as far as possible as workshops so all can learn from scratch.

In normal times we meet twice a month on Tuesday evenings, generally 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, but since the Covid-19 lockdown and the ban on singing we have not met except on Zoom. Some of us have enjoyed the hospitality of singing along with other groups on Zoom.

Now that choirs are able to meet again under Covid-safe precautions, we are still not yet able to resume in our usual venue in the University of Bristol staff club, ‘The Brambles’ at The Hawthorns, which does not allow for social distancing. Currently we are trying to find a suitable venue, and do not expect to be able to resume before January 2021, and thus have not arranged any upcoming events for our Events Page. We do organise occasional workshops, presentations, concerts and singing excursions: for past excursions see Past Events. Esther Steward and Anne Koerber are our Musical Directors.