Ge­or­gian garb as choir sing his­toric mu­sic

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

TEN­TER­DEN-based choir the Marsh War­blers are pre­par­ing for their an­nual church crawl. Be­decked in Ge­or­gian cos­tume, the singers will be head­ing for four churches on Satur­day, May 19 to per­form his­toric mu­sic. The 18th-cen­tury and early 19th-cen­tury psalms and an­thems will be ac­com­pa­nied by cello, oboe, flute and vi­o­lin, the in­stru­ments com­monly heard in coun­try churches be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of or­gans in Vic­to­rian times. Sec­re­tary David Dedrick ex­plained: “The choir will be singing and play­ing mu­sic known to have been per­formed in churches in the area, some writ­ten by Kent and Sus­sex com­posers.” The free, in­for­mal con­certs will start at St Mary’s Church in Or­le­stone at 11am, fol­lowed by St Matthew’s Church in Ware­horne at noon. Af­ter lunch, the War­blers will per­form in St Augustine’s Church, Snave, at 2.30pm, and St Cle­ment’s Church in Old Rom­ney at 3.30pm. “We hope au­di­ences will make do­na­tions to­wards church funds,” Mr Dedrick added.

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