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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 

 
BRIGHTON SHAPENOTE SINGING


Two monthly evening singings take place in Brighton:

Contact:
Sarah Hill  Tel:
07979 640844  Email  Website 


BRISTOL SACRED HARP AND SHAPENOTE SINGING


A w
eekly evening singing takes place every Tuesday at the Benjamin Perry Boathouse,  Phoenix Wharf, Redcliffe Parade, Bristol BS1 6TJ
. Singing from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Contact:
Website
  Email
 
CAMBRIDGE SACRED HARP SINGERS


 In January 2018 a weekly singing began in Cambridge, typically starting each Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Location currently varies so please get in touch by email or Facebook for more details.

Contact:
Email         
 

CORK, IRELAND SACRED HARP SINGING
 

A weekly evening singing takes place at the Unitarian Church, Princes Street, Cork on Thursday, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Contact:
 Email     
 Website
 
CULLOMPTON, DEVON (MULBERRY HOUSE SINGING)


A monthly evening singing takes place at Cullompton, Devon, on the third Friday in each month, except August, 7.30 pm for 7.45 pm to 10.00 pm.

A Fifth Sunday singing
to sing songs from both the Sacred Harp and other shape note collections is held in Cullompton, 2.30 pm for 2.45 pm to 6.00 pm. 2018 singings will be on Sunday 29 April, Sunday 29 July, Sunday 30 October and Sunday 30 December.

Contact:
Steve Fletcher and Martin Williams: 01884 563138
07976 605692
Email /07721 451406 Email


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

 
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
 


DURHAM SACRED HARP HARP SINGING
A twice-monthly singing takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturday at Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham DH1 4PP from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.

Contact: Erin and Ed Johnson-Williams  Email  Website


 
EDINBURGH SHAPENOTE SINGING


An informal monthly evening singing from any shapenote source takes place in Edinburgh on the third Friday in every month, at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2LJ . 7.00 - 9.30 pm.

Contact:
Karen Turner Email  Website

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.  


Contact:
Karen Turner  Email  Website


LEEDS SACRED HARP SINGING
A monthly evening singing takes place on every third Monday, at the Victoria Hotel, 28 Great George Street,  Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3DL, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Location is behind 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

Monthly evening singings take place on the

  •  first Thursday at St Catherine's Church, Pepys Road, SE14 5SG
     from 7.30 - 9.30 pm;
  •  second Tuesday at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, NW3 1DN
     from 7.30 - 9.30 pm; 
  •  third Monday in St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SE
     from 7.15 - 9.15 pm;
     and

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

    Contact:
   
 Website   Singing Schedule


MANCHESTER Sacred Harp SingING
 

A monthly evening singing takes place on the last Tuesday of the month, starting at 7.00 pm,  at The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN. at 7.00 pm.
 


Newcastle Sacred Harp Singers

A weekly evening singing take place every Tuesday  from 7.30-10.00 pm, upstairs at the Bridge Hotel, Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ. 

Contacts: 
Contact: Phil Tyler Tel:  07732 405268   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 takes place in the Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BN,  every Monday from 7.00pm.  The Norwich has group ceased to meet with effect from January 2018.
 
Contacts: 
Cath Saunt                 Tel:  07768 331298   Email
                                    Website    Map link
 

Oxford MONTHLY SACRED HARP SINGING

Afternoon singings take place on the second and the fourth Sunday of the month from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm at The Coach House, 46 Quarry Road, Oxford, OX3 8NU.

Contact:
Julie Fox  Tel: 
07907 202408   Email  Website


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  takes place every third Wednesday at the Sentinel pub,  178 Shoreham St, Sheffield S1 4SQ, from 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm.

Contact:
Vicki Elliott  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 and Worthing Shape Note Singing below.)

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

 

WINCHESTER MONTHLY SHAPE NOTE SINGING
 

Evening singings take place on the first and third Thursdays of the month in Winchester, from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm at St Paul's Church Hall, St Paul's Hill, SO22 5AB.

Contact:
Nigel Bowley  Email

 
WORTHING MONTHLY SHAPE NOTE SINGING


A monthly singing takes place on the third Tuesday of the month in Worthing, from 8.00 pm - 10.00 p.m. (See also Brighton Shape Note Singing and Sussex Sacred Harp singing above.) As of January 2018 the Worthing monthly singing is currently in abeyance.

Contact:
Seth Dickens Email  Website

 
YORK WEEKLY SACRED HARP SINGING


A weekly singing takes place at The Falcon Tap, Micklegate, York YO1 6JX, every Thursday from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Contact: Emily Verrier Tel:
07725 770378  Website

 

 
           
   

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