Full Day Sacred Harp Singing in London this Saturday - Free to the Public!
What do Shirley Collins, Alan Lomax 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 for a full-length documentary currently showing on the American PBS network:
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 haunting, beautiful, a capella harmonies. You have to sing it to believe it.
Full-Day Sacred Harp Singing in London
Saturday 22nd November 2008
10.00 am 4.00 pm
St. Mary's Church*, Neasden Lane, Willesden,
London NW10 2TS[/size]
*a 10-minute walk from Neasden Tube Station, Jubilee Line
Singing from Sacred Harp, 1991 edition Loaners available!
"Pot-luck" bring and share lunch during the noon hour
This event is free to the public, voluntary donations will be gladly accepted
For more information phone Michael Walker on 07770 210067 or write to him at
mischawa AT yahoo.co.uk
— exquisite harmony singing from around the world —Saturday 6 December 8pm
(optional meal at 7pm)
Gretton Village Hall
Kirby Road (opp. Southfield Road)
Gretton, nr. Corby NN17 3DB
Meal + concert: £13 (£12 concs.) (must be booked by 2 December)
Concert only: £7 (£6 concs.)
Eleven women sing exquisite unaccompanied harmony songs from across the globe. Celebrating the richness and variety of the human voice, Vox Mondiale’s acappella singing gives expression to sumptuous harmonies from many different cultural traditions.
The Vox Mondiale repertoire ranges across a variety of moods and styles, including an English folk song, up-beat gospel, a Brazilian love song to break your heart, a Serbian dance song, a Croatian lullaby, a US song telling the story of a famous woman who saved hundreds of slaves, and a healing song from Haiti.
Vox Mondiale was formed in December 2007 by musical director Chris Rowbury and eleven women from around Stamford, Lincolnshire. From their love of harmony singing and desire to explore different singing techniques and styles in more detail, Vox Mondiale are building a unique repertoire of songs from a wide range of cultures and traditions. Singing in three and four part harmony, and always in the original language of the country of origin, Vox Mondiale delight audiences with voices that are guaranteed to send shivers up your spine.
Tickets from Gretton Post Office or phone Andy Butterworth 01536 770302
or Ailsa Dempster 01536 770995 to reserve
Contact: Chris Rowbury
(024) 7665 9180