Who is Quires and Places?

Quires and Places makes niche choral music related designs for the discerning musician. 


Tim Popple
Founder, Quires and Places

As well as running Quires and Places and QuireMemes, Tim works as an Alto Lay Clerk and music & liturgy administrator at Bristol Cathedral. 

He has previously sung alto with The Fitzhardinge Consort, St Woolos Cathedral Choir, and Carlisle Cathedral Choir. His love of choral music began at the age of eight as a chorister at Durham Cathedral.

When he’s not working, making memes, designing niche clothes, singing Evensong, or socialising afterwards, he explores the local food and drink scene with his wife, watches films with his two grown up children, and pretends to be a dinosaur for his young stepson.

"I started Q&P in the summer of 2020, as the first Covid lockdown eased, with the clothing site initially branded as Thread Underfoot, a bad pun inspired by a good hymn, Before the ending of the day ("tread underfoot our deadly foe"). The clothing idea was initially a spin-off from the meme page, QuireMemes, which I only started because we weren't singing in lockdown and I missed the cameraderie. I never imagined both memes and merch would become vaguely successful, mainly because it's a really very small niche that it caters. We're all wonderfully weird."

In early 2022 the site relaunched as Quires and Places, bringing it more closely into the same branding as the meme page's full title, In Quires and Places Where They Meme, both of which take inspiration from the BCP Evensong rubric, "in quires and places where they sing, here followeth the anthem".

Tim is keen to make the following disclaimer: memes shared on the QuireMemes social media pages are not (all) inspired by direct specific experiences personally gained at any of the Cathedrals at which he currently or has previously worked. Any similarity to any known event or occurrence is entirely coincidental, and is furthermore representative of a wider shared truth. 

All the designs you see on this site are either parody or original digital artwork. 



(The picture above is taken, aptly enough, in the Bristol lay clerks' local pub. A photo of the Director with beer, I feel breeds trust in the authenticity of the offering on this website. ~Tim)