Joining Us

We welcome anyone with an interest in the music and/or its historical and social context or who has an associated interest such as historical costume.  Most of what we perform is church music but we are not a religious group.  Members are of all faiths and none and we are also interested in the secular music as well as the social customs of the period. 

Singers don’t need any training nor do they need to be able to read music.  They do however need to be able to sing in tune and confidently (after a while) hold their part.  Music is provided for all our pieces but we learn it by singing it.

A typical West Gallery band would have included stringed and woodwind orchestral instruments such as fiddles, flutes and ‘clarionets'. We are fortunate to have some early instruments, including the serpent, in our line-up, but players of modern ones of similar type, from around grade 5 standard, are welcome. The music is not suitable for chordal or keyboard instruments but some brass ones may be suitable and anyone interested should check with Ken Baddley (01234 310018).

We have enthusiastic and knowledgeable members who can help you get together an appropriate costume for performances and it needn’t be expensive. 

Potential new members are welcome to come along to a few rehearsals to experience our music. Please contact our Musical Director, Ken Baddley.

We rehearse on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of every month except August from 7.30pm until 10.00pm at:

Priory Methodist Church
63 Newnham Avenue
Bedford
MK41 9QJ

Bedford Gallery Quire rehearsal
A Bedford Gallery Quire rehearsal

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