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Monday, 11th March, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Salisbury Branch: Music of the English Country Church with Frances Howard

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Join the Salisbury Branch of the ESU for a talk on the history of the Music of the English Country Church at the White Hart Hotel, hosted by Frances Howard.

‘Music of the English Parish Church’ is a subject which brings to life a music tradition that is under the radar of most books about music. Great musical achievements do not arrive ‘oven ready’, Handel’s Messiah or Beethoven’s 5th Symphony need singers and orchestras who can perform these works.

Frances’ talk will show that Church music based on rational ideas, musical modes, language and liturgy led to the great works in England and on the continent. The recorded examples which we will hear will be in historical order with references to the Saxon churches in and around Salisbury.

The publication of Hymns Ancient & Modern in 1861 went into churches, schools and hospitals all over the world and was a landmark in English culture. Frances will explain the links it had with the Book of Common Prayer and the search for ancient sources by the Editor.

To book please email Julia Tibbs at

Tickets: £28 for lecture and lunch, £12 for lecture only.


Monday, 11th March
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Salisbury and Wiltshire branch
01722 325552

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White Hart Hotel
1 St John's Street
Salisbury, England SP1 2SD United Kingdom
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