Mike Bailey conducting October 2006
Why Three Quires?
The first Three Quires' Singing Day took place in April 1993, to enable members of three West Gallery quires to get together and make music. The word 'quire' was used by Thomas Hardy in writing about the groups of singers and instrumentalists who led the music in church services as well as carol singing referred to in his novels based in Wessex. The three quires were The Madding Crowd from Winchester in Hampshire, The Thomas Clark Quire from Tunbridge Wells in Kent (now based in Maidstone), and Sussex Harmony from Lewes in Sussex. These "Singing Days" are open to all and currently, members of some 8-10 West Gallery quires and other singing groups attend these events and we occasionally have visitors from the States.
You can find out more about West Gallery Music by visiting the WGMA website
Three Quires' Day takes place twice a year in Christchurch, Prince Edward Road, Lewes, where about 60-80 people gather to sing and play West Gallery music from 10am until 4:30pm. Those who attend the day receive a spiral bound anthology of music, use of the adjoining church hall and refreshments for the current price of 10 pounds sterling. Meals can be purchased in pubs and restaurants in Lewes, but most people prefer to bring and share food.
There is ample parking nearby (some free - some 'pay and display') and the singing venue is walkable (if you are fit!) from Lewes railway station.
The next Three Quires' Singing Day will be on Saturday, 21st October, 2023 (our 59th).
More information and/or booking forms, contact:
Jill Thompson, 19 Redvers Road, BRIGHTON, BN2 4BF tel: 01273-623533 or mobile: 07718-655824
Tony Singleton, 8 Mt Pleasant, Talbot Road, HAWKHURST, Kent, TN18 4ND tel: 01580-753431 or email: