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The Madding Crowd researches and performs the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861.


and we are still keeping in touch with each other and our friends in other West Gallery choirs.

See below Christina’s brilliant hymn.

If you are concerned about an event being negotiated with us, please contact our secretary. Currently we have no confirmed events until August.

Sidmouth Folk Festival 2020 cancelled. We have supported this 8-day festival with concerts, workshops and busking over the years, and look forward to its return in 2021.

Here are links to two Youtubes kindly recorded by Diane Kingston at the Beggars’ Fair:

Psalm 65 New Version   Rule Britannia

2020 International Women for web        To celebrate International Women’s Day our rehearsal was conducted by (L-R) Ros, Caroline, Ann, Sarah, Christine & Charlotte.

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Soap and water - play mp3

They who would valiant be 'gainst COVID-19,
Let them in constancy, stay day and night in.
No friends may pass the door
For they could spread it more.
Stay safe and wash your hands
With soap and water.

They who roam round in groups cause much vexation.
Their carefree attitude could wreck this nation.
They only spread false hope,
Our NHS won't cope.
We hope they wash their hands
With soap and water.

Those who live on the streets have life much harder.
No passing trade for them, no stocked up larder.
Self-isolation, how?
They need assistance now.
They can't just wash their hands
With soap and water.

Parents and children too are going mental.
Fresh air and exercise are so essential.
But those in high rise towers,
Stuck there for hours and hours,
Can only wash their hands
With soap and water.

House bound are many more, with no provision
To ease their loneliness, but television,
Contact them, make that call,
Check they've the wherewithal
To eat and wash their hands
With soap and water.

So many sally forth as brave key workers,
Risking their health amid this viral circus.
Without them, one and all,
This country soon would fall.
We must all wash our hands
With soap and water.

©Christina M L Pritchard 27-03-2020

337CV Soap and water

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