Georgian garb as choir sing historic music
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.