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Welcome to Beaminster Gallery Quire


Based in West Dorset we like to play and sing the sort of music performed by Thomas Hardy's family and his fictional characters.

The music has been described as 'of the earth'. It has strong tunes and lovely harmonies.


Much of our repertoire is derived from eighteenth and nineteenth century settings of the Psalms but there is also a large collection of Christmas Carols as well as a section of secular music - reels, jigs and glees.

Our church music would have been performed from the West Galleries of English parish churches and this is why we are a 'Gallery Quire'.

BGQ is part of the West Gallery Music Association. Their website contains comprehensive information about the genre.