Cath and Phil Tyler - "Sacred Harp" singing workshop in London, 5/10/2008
What do some early music lovers, Shirley Collins and American punk rockers have in common?
Answer: a love of American Sacred Harp music
As heard in the Civil War epic "Cold Mountain" and more recently featured on BBC4 TV's "White Gospel", or in this trailer from a full-length documentary:
Gregorian chant meets Bluegrass. Come and experience this thrilling and vibrant American "folk psalmody", from 18th century English psalm tunes, to early American fuguing tunes, from stunning, pentatonic folk hymns drawing on the traditional repertoire of America's earliest settlers, to the rousing spirituals of the "Camp Meeting" music that was a major forerunner of the Southern Gospel music of the US all in weird, haunting, beautiful, a capella, four-part harmonies. You have to sing it to believe it.
Come to the third (FREE!)
London Sacred Harp Singing School
Sunday 5 October 2008
2.00 pm 6.00 pm
St. James's Church*, West End Lane, West Hampstead,
London NW6 2AP
*ALMOST DIRECTLY OPPOSITE WEST HAMPSTEAD TUBE
The Sacred Harp workshop will be led by folk musicians Cath and Phil Tyler, whose new CD "Dumb Supper" was released in early 2008 to wide critical acclaim.
Singing from Sacred Harp, 1991 edition Loaners available!
Can't sight-read music? Not to worry: YOU WILL (START TO) LEARN IT HERE! The "shape notes" in which this music is written are a device for teaching the uninitiated to read music and sing in four parts.
For further information or to make sure there is space available, e-mail
mischawa AT yahoo.co.uk