The Quire, directed by Dr Francis Roads, was formed in February 1997 and is composed of a diverse group of welcoming people who enjoy making music together. New singers and instrumentalists are welcome to attend one or two trial rehearsals but there is no formal audition. Visitors to London are welcome to attend one or more rehearsals, by prior arrangement, without further commitment.
Most of our repertoire is in four parts, for SATB voices and instruments double the vocal parts. The music is not technically difficult and players of an intermediate standard should be well able to cope. West Gallery music was composed particularly with amateur singers in mind. There is a small subscription which covers all music. We rehearse fortnightly, from 7:30 until 9:45 pm, in St.James, Garlickhythe, a Wren-designed church ( pictured ) noted for the high level of natural light admitted through its upper windows, and consequently known as "Wren's Lantern".
We offer sung services at churches of any denomination, and concerts (including charity concerts) and lecture-recitals at venues within the M25. There is no fee, but for many events the organisers choose to make a donation for our expenses. This is entirely at their discretion. To book us, please contact the quire administrator or music director (details below.)
You can download a Publicity flyer from HERE.
Rehearsal dates - Summer Term, 2019:
NB: Dates amended January 2019
Wednesdays: May 1st & 15th; June 5th, 19th & 26th; July 10th & 24th
Rehearsal dates - Autumn Term, 2019:
Wednesdays: September 4th & 18th; October 2nd, 16th & 30th; November 13th & 27th
Rehearsal dates - Spring Term, 2020:
Wednesdays: January 8th, & 22nd; February 5th & 19th; March 4th & 18th; April 1st
Rehearsal dates - Summer Term, 2020:
Wednesdays: April 22nd; May 6th & 20th; June 3rd & 15th; July 1st & 15th
How to get there:
St. James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill, LONDON EC4V 2AF.
Click here for a map.
Tube: Mansion House or Cannon St
Buses: 15, 17, 25, 521
Parking: Limited parking is available in Trinity Lane
For more details, please contact:
Dr.Francis Roads, Tel. 020-8505-4381 or email
Choir Administrator: Stella Hardy email
Members of LGQ produce a newsletter, called Upbeat, 2-3 times a year with articles on aspects of West Gallery music and reviews of past performances. These can be downloaded as PDFs from the links below: