We do not, as a quire, wear historical costume for public performances: however, our members are free to wear costumes if they wish, and we try to adopt a simple, fairly traditional style of dress for performances. We agree that authenticity, whether of music or dress, is actually unattainable, but, while singing and playing for our live enjoyment of the music, we try to keep a sense of history in our minds.

A Bristol woman of 1820 (from ‘Rownham Ferry’ by Rowena Sharples)  courtesy of Bristol Central Library