United Kingdom Sacred Harp & Shapenote Singing

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Monthly Local and House Singings


The best way of learning about this type of music is to experience it first hand. This can be done either at regular singing days organised around the country, or by going to local singing groups, usually held monthly in churches, halls and  people's houses. Usually informal, these are a great way to learn or 'workshop' new pieces, and are open to anyone who would like to attend. Some have their own websites.

NB:  The MSN maps currently available do not give a great deal of detail, thus the Google or the Multimap references are preferable.

Details of those local and house singings currently known:


BELFAST SACRED HARP SINGING


A monthly evening singing takes place in Newtown Breda (St John's) Presbyterian Church, 374-378 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3HX on Sundays from 7.30 pm to 9.30pm. 


Contact:
Barton Creeth Email 

 
REGULAR SACRED HARP SINGING IN BIRMINGHAM
   BIRMINGHAM Sacred harp sinGING

An evening singing takes place on the fourth Thursday in the month upstairs at the Selly Park Tavern (skittle alley), 592 Pershore Road, B29 7HQ, from 7.30 pm.
 
Contact:
Ian West Tel:
01952 882448 Email

 
SECOND CITY SHAPENOTE

From September 2014 monthly evening singings will be taking place on the

  • first Tuesday at the Sainsburys Cafe, Selly Oak B29 6SJ between 7.30 pm.
    and 9.30 pm
     
  • second Monday at Middleton Road Community Centre, Kings Heath,
    B14 7HP between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm

    Contact: Sue Lanfear  


BRIGHTON SHAPENOTE SINGING


An evening singing takes places the last Wednesday of the month at One Church, Gloucester Place, Brighton BN1 4AA, from 7.30-10pm. (See also Sussex monthly Sacred Harp Singing below.) 

Contact:
Sarah Hill  Tel:
07979 640 844  Email  Website 
 
BRISTOL SACRED HARP AND SHAPENOTE SINGING
 

A weekly evening singing takes place at
St Mark's Baptist Church in Easton, Bristol BS5
6HX, on Tuesday, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Contact:
John Barbour  Tel:
07877 999764  Email
 
CORK, IRELAND SACRED HARP SINGING
 

A weekly evening singing takes place at the Camden Palace, Camden Quay, Cork on Thursday, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Contact:
Sadhbh O'Flynn  Email     
 Website
 
DERBY Sacred Harp SingING
A monthly evening singing takes place on the first Friday in every month in Derby.

Contact:
Helen Brown   Tel: 01332 768274  Email

 
DEVONDORSET SHAPE NOTE
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A monthly afternoon singing takes place on the third Saturday in every month at Charmouth Library, Dorset, between 2.00 and 5.00 pm. The Library is situated right by the bus stop of the 31 service and the X53 Jurassic Coast service. The 31 meets trains from both Exeter and London via Salisbury. Refreshments available in  the library servery.

Contact:
Howard Wright Email

 
DUBLIN, IRELAND SACRED HARP HARP SINGING
 
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A weekly evening singing takes place at Trinity College Dublin, House 5,  on Friday, from  7.00 pm-9.00 pm.

Contact: Shane McGrath Tel:
+353 (87) 998 3495 Email  Website


Fairview Sacred Harp Singers, STEVENAGE

The Fairview Sacred Harp Singers sessions on the first Friday in the month at 176 Fairview Road, Stevenage, SG1 2NE have ceased to take place on a regular basis from May 2014. There will, however, be occasional singings during the year when circumstances permit. Please contact Steve and Mary Welch if you are interested in being advised about these. 

Contact:  
Steve Welch     Tel: 01438 368463  Email

Google Maps: Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2NE
Link: <http://maps.google.co.uk/maps>

Streetmap Link: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/ma

A map of 176 Fairview Rd, Stevenage SG1 2. Click to see the map on MSN Maps & Directions
GATESHEAD Sacred Harp SingING
A monthly evening singing takes place on the second Sunday in every month at 3 Barrington Place, Gateshead, NE8 1XA.

Contact:
Helen Barber  Tel: 0191 477 5809  Email  
 

GLASGOW SHAPENOTE SINGING


An informal monthly evening singing from any shapenote source takes place in Glasgow on the first Friday in every month, at the Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PS. 7.00 - 9.30 pm.

Website

Contact:
Karen Turner  Email  Website


LEEDS SACRED HARP SINGING
A monthly evening singing takes place on every third Monday, at the Oxford Place Methodist Centre, Oxford Place,  Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3AX, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Location is next to Leeds Town Hall and has full disabled access.

Contact:
Susan Carr
   Tel: 0113 262 1834  Email
 

REGULAR SACRED HARP SINGING IN LONDON:

   London Sacred harp singers

A monthly house singing held in various homes on the first or second Sunday
the month.

  
Contact:
   Pete Eiseman-Renyard Tel: 
020 8444 5782 or  07958 282898 Email    
 

   London MONTHLY EVENING SACRED HARP SINGINGS

For the months of June, July and August 2014 monthly evening singings will be taking place on the

  • first Wednesday at the Bethnal Green Meeting House, Pott Street, E2 0EF
    starting at 7.15 pm.
  • second Tuesdays in every month at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, NW3 1DN from 7.30 pm; 
  • third Monday in St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SE from 7.15 pm; and 

    Christian Harmony Monthly Evening Singing
     
  • fourth Thursday in St. Mary's Primrose Hill, Elsworthy Road, London
    NW3 3DJ from 7.30 - 9.30 pm

    Contact:
    Michael Walker   Tel: 07770 210067
Email   Website 
                                                                     Revised 2014 Singing Calendar


MANCHESTER Sacred Harp SingING
Evening singings take place on the
  • third Sunday in every month at Oldham Baptist Church,
    Chaucer Street, Oldham, OL1 1BA from 4.00 - 8.00 pm, alternating
    each month between 1991 Sacred Harp and other shapenote sources;
    and    
  • last Monday of the month at Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street,
    Salford M3 5DW, a few minutes walk from Manchester Victoria
    Rail Station.  Food available at 7.00 pm, singing starts at 7.30 pm.

    Contact:
    Hannah Land 
    Tel: 07740 198612  Email
     

Newcastle Sacred Harp Singers

From 26 June 2013 The Newcastle Sacred Harp Singers will be meeting every Tuesday  from 7.30-10.00 pm, upstairs at the Bridge Hotel, Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ. 

Contacts: 
Cath Tyler 
 Tel:
0191 215 0138 Email    Website

Fifth Sunday singing

The Newcastle Sacred Harp Singers meet in Kenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne on the fifth Sundays in the month whenever they occur from 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm, to sing songs from other shapenote collections and new writings. 

Contact: 
Benny Ross 
 Tel:
0191 285 8400/07910 094580  Email


NORWICH SACRED HARP SINGING


A weekly evening singing generally takes place in the Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BN,  every Monday from 7.00pm. 
 
Contacts: 
Fynn Titford-Mock  Tel:  07929 136119   Email
Cath Saunt                 Tel:  07768 331298   Email
                                    Website    Map link
 

Oxford SACRED HARP SINGERS

The Oxford Sacred Harp Singers meet regularly once a month at 30 Eynsham Road, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9BP, on the 'teenth' Thursday - at 7.45 pm.   

An additional singing on the fifth Tuesdays in the month when they occur, is held at 30 Eynsham Road - at 7.45 pm.  We will be singing from other shapenote sources than the Sacred Harp, including Northern Harmony, Norumbega Harmony and the Shenandoah Harmony.  The 2014 fifth Tuesday singings will be on 29 April, 29 July, 30 September and 30 December.

Contacts:
Sheila and Edwin Macadam  Tel: 01865 865773  Email
 Website

Google Maps Link:  Oxford OX2 9BP
Link:  http://maps.google.co.uk/maps

Streetmap Link:  http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map

A map of OX2 9BP. Click to see the map on MSN Maps & Directions

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, SACRED HARP SINGING
The Scarborough Sacred Harp Singing takes place on the first Tuesday in every month, at 34 Westbourne Park, Scarborough, YO12 4AT from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

Contact:
Sally Greaves-Lord  Tel: 07505 853822 Email

 

Google maps link:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Scarborough,+YO12+4AT 


sheffield Sacred Harp SingING

An evening singing takes place on the first Monday in every month at Shakespeare's, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield, S3 8UB  starting at 7.30 pm.   Another evening singing from alternative shapenote sources takes place every third Thursday.

Contact:
Carmel Wood  Tel: 07427 624613  Email  Website

 


SUSSEX MONTHLY Sacred Harp SingING
An evening singing takes place on the second Monday in the month at 27 Valence Road, Lewes, BN7 1SJ, starting at 7.45 pm.  (See also Brighton Shape Note Singing above.)

Contact:
Rachel Jordan & Nick Hall  Tel: 01273 476837  Email  
 

 
           
   


This Web Site has been set up for the United Kingdom Sacred Harp and Shapenote Community to provide a resource centre for singing in the United Kingdom. 

Any correspondence, helpful suggestions and contributions as to content, amendments, additions and new web links should be sent to Edwin and Sheila Macadam at .  All material copyright 2000-2014.