The origins of Sacred Harp singing can be traced back to the ‘Country Parish Music’ of 18th century England and the ‘West Gallery’ movement. ‘The Sacred Harp’ was a shape note hymnal published in early 19th century America, and its great popularity started a tradition of vibrant, intense and highly distinctive choral singing across the southern states which continues till this day. Sacred Harp singers view their tradition as a participatory rather than passive, and this year at the Leigh Folk Festival we are very fortunate to be hosting a free workshop for singers interested in this fascinating and rather overlooked style. This is to be hosted by Cath Tyler, a native of New Jersey, and an experienced leader of Sacred Harp sessions.
The Fishermen’s Chapel will be a perfect Sunday morning venue for this event, so please come along and help raise the roof! No experience necessary, and all abilities welcome. No harps please!
Activities, Music, Sunday