THROUGH CHANGING SCENES events are entertaining presentations designed to lead the audience through the experiences of a community over many generations, and often many centuries. Usually based around a particular church, the narrative is interspersed with thematically or historically related musical items performed by Tuneful Accord.  From earliest records, we are introduced to key characters and events and reminded of the many changes within the locality over the years as well as topical links to national and international events. The result is an informal, entertaining and highly varied performance with a diverse array of music, from the other-wordly serenity of plainchant to the rumbustious, the ribald and - when the gallery band is allowed out - the down-right raucous.

Through Changing Scenes performances 

Christine Gwynn and Tuneful Accord have participated in nearly 30 TCS and related projects, since the early 1990s.    

Church of St Peter & St Paul, Stondon Massey

where we gave two performances in 2008.

Stondon Massey church
with thanks to
East view

Arranging a TCS project

If you would like to be involved in a future project, please download the guidelines. 

You may also be interested to look at a sample script.  

Script for St Mary's,
Hatfield Broad Oak 
   St Mary's



The story of 'Through Changing Scenes'

The idea of Through Changing Scenes came about quite by chance from a post-rehearsal chat between members of a church choir and one of the church-wardens, who just happened to be updating a written history of the church.  One thing led to another and the first event, then entitled Tuneful Accord (the ensemble adopted the name later on), took place on a cold, wet January Saturday back in 1993.  The audience reaction was fortunately anything but cold; calls for a repeat performance were soon forthcoming and were willingly met, in more clement conditions, the following summer.  Then came the first of what has been a gentle stream of requests from other churches and parishes to build a performance around the history of that area and community.  Over a decade and a half later the requests are still coming and, to date, Tuneful Accord has notched up 28 TCS performances. We have also sung for a wedding or two and in September 2006 we gave our first recital. 

Through Changing Scenes events far

St Mary’s, Stapleford Tawney

St Michael’s, Theydon Mount

St Mary’s, Stapleford Abbotts

St Andrew’s, Greensted

All Saints, High Laver

St Anne’s, Chingford Hatch

All Saints’, Lambourne

All Saints’, Highams Park

All Saints’, Epping Upland

St Mary’s, Chigwell

St Mary’s, Matching

St Mary’s, Hatfield Broad Oak

St Mary’s, Moreton

St Alban’s, Coopersale

St Mary’s, Gillingham (Dorset)

St Nicholas', Fyfield

St Christopher’s, Willingale

Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore

St Mary Magdalen, Magdalen Laver

St Mary's, S. Woodford

St Peter & St Paul, Stondon Massey

January 1993 & June 1993

February 1994

April 1996

July 1996 (2 performances)

February 1997 & April 2004

January 1998 & June 2001

June 1998

October 1998

May 1999

May 1999

August 1999

July 2000

October 2000

May 2002

June 2002 & May 2003

May 2003

September 2004

September 2005 & February 2008 and recital September 2006

January 2007

October 2007

April 2008 (2 performances)

Other Tuneful Accord performances