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The Country Diary in Song raises funds for Famous windows


17th October 2021

Venue: All Saints Church

Almost thirty of the most popular traditional folk songs – including Wild Mountain Thyme; Bushes and Briars; The Seeds of Love and If I was a Blackbird – create a journey through the year in a musical version of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, coming to All Saints Church, Selsley at 3pm on Sunday 17 October

The Country Diary in Song with Broomdasher is raising money towards the restoration of the unique and world-famous Arts and Crafts windows in the church



Edith Holden’s 1906 Country Diary sold seven million copies and is still the all-time Sunday Times Booklist chart topper, holding number one spot for 65 weeks. This 90-minute musical brings it nostalgically to life with songs reflecting the farming seasons and holidays like Mayday and Christmas.

London-based acapella group Broomdasher perform the show to celebrate Edith’s 150th birthday this year and you can join in with choruses too.



“Edith Holden was part of the Arts and Crafts Movement, being personally encouraged by Sir Edward Burne-Jones when he was President of the Birmingham Society of Artists and praised as a student by William Morris, who said she was “the best thing coming out of Birmingham”, said Broomdasher’s John Palmer.

Morris, Burne-Jones and the other Arts and Crafts Movement giants Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown all created windows in Selsley Church. It’s the only place where works by all of them can be seen together. So we had to sing there”.


Critics have called the show : "Inspired"; “Truly Amazing”; "Wonderful singing and harmonies – they brought a tear to my eye”; “A beautiful evocation of a bygone England" and "Traditional folk meets Edwardian Eco-Warrior. Fantastic".

Tickets (including afternoon tea): Adults £10 Children under 12 £5 from Marion Charlwood 01453-350669 Nigel Baldwin 01453-821350 -


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