The Marsh Warblers choir is based near Tenterden in the Weald of Kent, England, and performs West Gallery Music - the sacred and secular music performed by amateur singers and instrumentalists during the Georgian period (ca.1720-1850). We concentrate particularly on music known to have been performed in the Southeastern counties, principally from Kent and Sussex.
We are a mixed choir, singing mostly in four parts, accompanied by stringed and wind instruments. We dress in costume appropriate to the period and our performances include anecdotes and readings which set the music in its historical and social context.
Members of the choir research the music, which we perform in concerts, church services, and workshops. Our repertoire is drawn from printed and manuscript music books from the southeast of England. These have survived in libraries and archives, occasionally in churches and chapels, or in the possession of private individuals, sometimes descendants of the early choir members and musicians.
Tenterden Folk Festival
Find out more about the concerts we can offer on the Concerts page.
|What is West Gallery Music?|
Find out about the music we perform and how it got its name.
|Who was Thomas Clark?|
The Canterbury shoemaker who was the most prolific composer of West Gallery Music.
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