Christmas may be a good time to have your SATB choir sing West Gallery, and if so there is plenty of material published in recent years in the UK.
I think that what would impress are pieces slightly longer than standard psalm tunes, giving chance for changes of rhythm and speed, major/minor shifts or loud/soft alternations. The WG style was perhaps at its best in the early C19, and the following sources have many items from that era.
As Mike says, having a few instruments could enhance your performance, and one collection that caters for a string band with parts printed on separate instrumental pages comes from Village Carols. There is a new edition just published that contains 50 carols, and, if I interpret the VC website correctly, would cost £12 plus £14 to airmail to NZ.
In this Sheffield Village Carols 2nd edition I would pick out Old Foster, Pentonville and Birley Edge; the last is Handelian in style and the joint churches in our small town enjoyed it as the special show piece in our carol concert last December.
Another very pleasing item in an earlier VC collection that we have used is Joy to the World by Richard Furness, c. 1830. It has a fugal second section with eight beats between entries and a flirt with minor. This collection is now out-of-print, but we could easily send the two pages.
Rather more sophisticated Xmas pieces are contained in "A Christmas Celebration: 11 Carols from Georgian England" published by Faber Music. In this I would recommend: 10. A Christmas Anthem and 11. For Christmas Day, composed respectively by composers from the English Midlands, William Matthews and Thomas Jarman. Sally Drage was involved in this publication which is now out of print, but I would think would be held somewhere in NZ in a music library.
Dear members, I am currently conducting a local community SATB choir in New Zealand. We are putting together a programme based around the theme of a history of Church music. I would love to include... more
Hi Brett, I use wg music with conventional SATB choirs a lot and approach it in the same way I teach anything else - note bashing and building parts up in short sections if necessary. If I think a... more
Dear Brett, I agree with Sally's suggestions. We know that music travelled abroad, to US & Oz at least, from England in the 18th & 19th centuries, and it's likely some went to NZ too. I wonder what... more
Sources of Xmas WG music David Welch,Thu Aug 2 2:14pm
Several books of "Cornish Carols" were published in Australia in the early 20th century. A freely downloadable example is at the National Library of Australia, by one J.L. Davey of Moonta, here:... more
We sang 'Awake with joy, salute the morn' last Christmas in Aberdeen, which is in the book, also 'With what resplendent beauty shone' which isn't. Last year I attended the conference on 19th century... more
Cornish Carols were to be found wherever Cornish men went to mine. They live on in Grass Valley in the gold bearing hills of California and I suspect elsewhere. Philip Payton compiled Cornish Carols... more
Dear Brett, There are also 280 freely downloadable WG pieces on my website at www.rodingmusic.co.uk. I visited NZ in 1996. While I was there I showed up at the National Library in Wellington, and... more
This is obviously the wrong place to post,but I am interested in Mr Day's clarinet. I guess it would have six or more keys, but is not very likely to have five. Although anyone relying on available... more