Leigh Folk Festival | Sacred Harp Singing Workshop with Cath & Phil Tyler
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Sacred Harp Singing Workshop with Cath & Phil Tyler


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!

Where to find them

Fishermen’s Chapel: Sun 25, Start: 11:00am – Finish: 12:30pm

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