A decision

I have long enjoyed the genre of music which has become known as “West Gallery” music. (This was the music of the enthusiastic country parish and non-conformist church choirs and congregations between about 1700 and 1850 – before Victorian sensibilities gentrified the hymnody.) It seems to me that its parallels with folk music of the day, it’s (to me) joyful nature and the fact that it was generally written and performed by amateur musicians make it most suitable for a thanksgiving and, especially, one intended as a gesture of thanks to the ordinary man, woman and child for the extraordinary things they do in their lives.

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