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The Madding Crowd researches and performs the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861.

Our next performance will be on

Saturday 25th September


 St Cross Michaelmas Fair


On Saturday 18th September we had a great afternoon at Peartree Green helping to celebrate Peartree 400 and Heritage Open Days. This was our first public outing for more than a year.

At Brook.  Picture by Viral History

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Here is the music PDF

The Anacreontic Song

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Play “Soap and water” networked performance

They who would valiant be 'gainst COVID-19,
Let them in constancy, stay day and night in.
No friends may pass the door for they could spread it more.
Stay safe and wash your hands with soap and water.

They who roam round in groups cause much vexation.
Their carefree attitude could wreck this nation.
They only spread false hope, our NHS won't cope.
We hope they wash their hands with soap and water.

Those who live on the streets have life much harder.
No passing trade for them, no stocked up larder.
Self-isolation, how? They need assistance now.
They can't just wash their hands with soap and water.

Parents and children too are going mental.
Fresh air and exercise are so essential.
But those in high rise towers, stuck there for hours and hours,
Can only wash their hands with soap and water.

House bound are many more, with no provision
To ease their loneliness, but television,
Contact them, make that call, check they've the wherewithal
To eat and wash their hands with soap and water.

So many sally forth as brave key workers,
Risking their health amid this viral circus.
Without them, one and all, this country soon would fall.
We must all wash our hands with soap and water.

©Christina M L Pritchard 27-03-2020

These words can also be sung to other tunes: St Dunstan’s, Moab, or  Monk’s Gate, which is in many hymn books, and like our arrangement, is based on the folk song “Our Captain called All Hands”.

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"A CD from the Madding Crowd... has been worth the wait..."

"A very valuable addition to the West Gallery canon of recordings."

8.00+1.50 P&P payable to The Madding Crowd.

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4 Grove Road, Shawford, Winchester,
Hampshire, UK, SO21 2DD, or email to

For a list of contents and a review click here.

Last changed 19 September, 2021

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