The joy of Carols: Victorian and Edwardian

Friday 16 December 2016


The course

In the Edwardian and Victorian periods family groups assembled around the piano and organ or played instruments, to make their entertainment over the Christmas period. Join us in our beautiful tin church from South Wonston, where we shall sing some favourite Victorian and Edwardian carols, and learn some lesser-known ones. All music will be provided for union singing, or if you can read music, parts SATB. The morning will conclude with a 10 –15 minute performance.

The tutor

Malcolm Brinson is a past chorister of Wells Cathedral school where he also learnt the organ from the age of 13, He was been an organist and choir master since the age of 21, conducted choirs both in Bath and Midlands in former years. As head of music at Alcester Grammar school, Warwickshire he formed a 6th form choir which later became the Alcester singers, in1980, and it is still in existence. In 1985 he became director of music at S. Michaels, Burton Park and his girls choirs sang on regular visits to Chichester Cathedral and local churches. In 1989 he was appointed organist St Marys Church, Petworth, giving regular recitals during his16 years tenure. He took up a similar post in Paphos, Cyprus (2006) overseeing the music of three churches. In 2009 he became a Director of Music at Wisborough Green Parish Church.

Participant information

Please ensure that you bring warm clothing a sharp pencil and a rubber. All other materials will be provided.The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.


£15 per person, to include tuition and minced pies and mulled cider or apple juice.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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