The 17th annual United Kingdom Sacred Harp Singing Convention
was called to order by Michael Walker leading 82t. Rob Mahoney offered
the opening prayer. Michael Walker welcomed everyone. He read messages
from the following singers who wished the Convention well but were
unable to attend: Benny Ross—Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; Claire Singleton—New
Mexico, US; Magdalena Gryszko—Poland, and Amanda Parks—Ireland. The
following officers were appointed to serve: Chairman—Michael Walker;
Vice- Chairman—Cath Tyler; Chaplains—Rob Mahoney and Ted Brown;
Secretary—Rebecca Over; Arranging Committee—Helen Brown, Sheila Girling
Macadam, Ian West, Sarah West and Judy Whiting; Memorial Committee—Mike
Hinton, Kathy Williams and Helen Brown; Treasurer—Werner Ullah.
Leaders: Michael Walker 31t; Rebecca Over 47t; Ted Brown 391; Judy
Whiting 171; Nick Hall 455; Mandy Townsend 318; Richard Schmeidler 543;
Sinead Hanrahan 56b; Robert Wedgbury 213t; Mary Wright 35; Jesse
Pearlman Karlsberg 187; Bliss McIntosh 444; Mike Hinton 373; Margaret
Gillanders 549; Mike Morrisroe 408; Sheila Girling Macadam 564; Ewan
Paterson 49b; Áine Uí Cheallaigh 39t; Mick Verrier 107; Sarah West 80t.
Ian West called the class to order leading 105. Leaders: Hannah Land
138t; Edwin Macadam 534; Lisa O’Grady 183; Andreas Manz 148; Gosia
Perycz 58; Chris Brown 512; Anne Eringa 448t; Steve Helwig 181; Helen
Brown 432; Martin De Nys 198. Rob Mahoney conducted a celebration
lesson to mark the following events in singers’ lives: births of
children and grandchildren, birthdays, educational achievements, new
jobs, ten years of marriage, returns to health, retirements, the first
ever Polish Sacred Harp Convention and the love of family and friends.
He mentioned the success of the London Olympics and Paralympics and led
474. Leaders: Rachel Jordan 538; Aaron Kahn 284; Lauren Bock 428;
Adrian Bolge 156; Eimear O’Donovan 499; Harry Campbell 547; Patricia
Temple 33t; Dave Townsend 112. Robert Mahoney offered the prayer before
the noon meal.
The afternoon session was brought to order by Michael Walker leading
145t. Leaders: Niamh O’Sullivan and Duane Nasis 65; Joanne Fuller 439;
Ed Long 203; Karen and David Ivey 217; Eamonn O’Neill 250; Eva Striebeck
430; Dan Brittain 240; Fynn Titford-Mock 312b; Mary De Nys 191; Terry
Barber 500; Sadhbh Ní Fhloinn 385b; Jo Pendleton 97; Steve Fletcher 128;
Bryan Seale with Renata Pekowska 348t; Sonny Erwin 441; Phil Tyler 505;
Kathy Williams 142; Ruth Steggles 454; Alexa Gilmore 270; Jean Seiler
472; Carmel Wood 168; David Ivey 120; Judy Caudle 540.
Michael Walker called the class to order leading 111b. Leaders: Steve
Biggs 178; Joe Vickers 131t; Louise Holland 137; Kate Kirwan 504; Shelby
Sampson 344; Cath Saunt 40; Duane Nasis 542; Nadine Wills 339; Jacqui
Selby-MacLeod 32t; Sally Greaves-Lord 216; Andreas Manz 114; Mary Wright
546; Mike Hinton and Dan Brittain 456; Áine Uí Cheallaigh 47b; Jesse
Pearlman Karlsberg and Lauren Bock 411; Gosia Perycz 317; Richard
Schmeidler 268. Michael Walker led 46 as the closing song. The closing
prayer was offered by Rob Mahoney and the class was dismissed.
Sunday, September 16
The Sunday session of the United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention was
called to order by Michael Walker leading 138b. Ted Brown offered the
opening prayer. Michael Walker welcomed everyone. Leaders: Rebecca
Over 283; Nick Hall 287; Margaret Gillanders 556; Ewan Paterson 45t;
Hannah Land 70b; Ted Brown, Helen Brown and Mike Hinton 77t; Sarah Hill
177; Mick Verrier 383; Rachel Jordan 468; Rob Wedgbury 102; Shelby
Sampson 171; Edwin Macadam 236; Eimear O’Donovan 196; Steve Helwig 436;
Zilpha Cornett 143; Bryan Seale 209; Steve Fletcher 192; Sinead Hanrahan
352; Aaron Kahn 86; Judy Whiting 354t; Fynn Titford-Mock 362.
Michael Walker called the class to order leading 207. Leaders: Mandy
Townsend and Fern Blevins 84; Lisa O’Grady 27t; Ella Cumber 208; Cath
Saunt 503; Judy Caudle 389; Sally Greaves-Lord 385t; Patricia Temple
473; Anne Eringa 328; Dan Brittain 313b; Sonny Erwin 569b.
Mike Hinton gave a brief history of the memorial lesson. Kathy Williams
spoke for the sick and housebound, reminding the class how much they
appreciate cards, telephone calls and visits. She led 72b in honour of
Mary Grattan, Margaret Hyde, Mary Wray, Sara Ray, Linty Davison,
Charlotte Walker, Donald Walker, Joe McPartland, Tony Parkinson, Bea
Gilmore, Chris Sugden, George Wheeler, Alan Jackson, Lois H Kahn-Fever,
Amanda Boughton, Mark Hall Amitin, Joan Simms, Margaret Malham, Jean
Dean, Curtis Owen, Josie Hyde, Vicky Waterworth, Jill Accetta and her
son Oliver, Miriam Lloyd, Cath Tyler, Hannah Dunleavy, Michael Herrick,
Sophie Manus, David Daykin, Agnes Houlihan, Mary Goulding, Mary Kitchens
Gardner, Ken Baddley and Niall Henderson.
The memorial lesson was conducted by Mike Hinton, who shared with the
class the following words written by Ruth Denson Edwards on a paper that
he found in her bible: “You know, when death comes to each old and well
loved friend, we die a little too. Something goes out of us --
something that’s missing to the end of our lives. Some how the long
days pass on into line - - - the Loom of Life goes on and on weaving a
beautiful pattern even though one, two or three lovely strands are
gone.” Mike Hinton and Helen Brown led 318 in honour of the deceased:
Harrison Creel—Alabama; Julietta Haynes—Tennessee; Lonnie
Rogers—Georgia; Violet and Earnest Lee—Lichfield; Travis Keeton—Alabama;
Marie Ivey—Alabama; Roy Payne—Aviemore; Violet Setford—Worthing; Ronnie
Francis Dyess—Alabama; Dave Parry—Oxfordshire; Alice Fahrbach—Michigan;
Gordon Corrick—Hull; Joe Reynolds—Denmead; Brenda Grimshaw—Southampton;
Harold Newell—Dalton; Malcolm Robertson—Maidstone; Ita Clenaghan—Cork;
Mark Ferguson—Mayo; Isaac Atkinson—Holmfirth; Jan Fairley—Edinburgh;
Georgie Chitty—Billericay; Ingrid Fabricius—Denmark; Gael
Mitchell—Huddersfield; Alfie Millar (18 months)—Buckinghamshire; Vic
Newman—Lewes; Tristan Mirabaud—Lewes; Philip Higgins—Oldham; Finbarr
Kennedy—Buttevant, Co.Cork; Florence Packman—Los Angeles; Anne Dhu
McLucas—Eugene, Oregon; Janice Robinson—Washington DC; Gregory
Barber—San Fancisco; Paraic Casey—Passage West, Cork; Reginald and
Gladys Girling—Glasgow; and the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in
1989. Helen Brown closed the memorial lesson with prayer.
Leaders: Nadine Willis 435; Ewan Paterson 49t. Ted Brown offered the
prayer before the noon meal.
Chris Brown brought the afternoon session to order leading 350.
Leaders: Carmel Wood 195; Dave Townsend 378b; Emily Verrier and children
146; Mike Morrisroe 260; Kate Kirwan 245; Sheila Girling Macadam 415;
David Ivey 558; Louise Holland 275t; Eamonn O’Neill 215; Lauren Bock
214; Martin De Nys 147t; Helen Brown 550; Karen Ivey 155; Jesse Pearlman
Karlsberg 532; Sarah West 170; Alexa Gilmore 30t; Jean Seiler 299; Kathy
Williams 273; Harry Campbell 59; Jo Pendleton 566; Ruth Steggles 535b;
Joanne Fuller 176t. Michael Walker recognised John Baldini, thanking
him for organising the kitchen at this and previous conventions, and led
284 with and for John.
The final session was called to order by Michael Walker leading 89.
Leaders: Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 122; Adrian Bolge 159; Chris Brown 330b;
Sadhbh Ní Fhloinn 272; Ian West 182; Niamh O’Sullivan 106; Eva Striebeck
277; Terry Barber 376; Sarah Hill 176b; Richard Schmeidler 66; Zilpha
Cornett 480; Jo Pendleton and Judy Caudle 452; Steve Helwig and Gosia
Perycz 377; Patricia Temple and Mary Wright 312t; Mike Hinton and Sonny
Erwin 475; Kathy Williams and Louise Holland 108t; Joanne Fuller and
Jean Seiler 217; The Cork Singers 300; Dan Brittain 481; Terry Barber
and Shelby Sampson 63; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg and Lauren Bock 426b;
David and Karen Ivey 425. Michael Walker recognised the hard work done
by Steve Fletcher and Martin Williams, co-organisers of the convention,
especially during his absence in the USA. He led 340 with and for Steve
and Martin. He thanked in detail the officers, everyone who had brought
delicious food and all who had worked so hard, often behind the scenes,
to make the convention a success. The secretary reported that 77
leaders had led 169 songs and that 141 singers had registered over the
two days. Numbers attending by country and state: England—93;
Scotland—4; France—1; Germany—2; Ireland—12; Poland—2; The
Netherlands—1; Alabama—6; Arkansas—1; California—2; Georgia—3;
Massachusetts—1; New York—3; Oregon—1; Texas—4; Virginia—5.
Announcements were made. Michael Walker, Sarah Hill and Sally
Greaves-Lord led 62 and those who wished took the parting hand. Ted
Brown offered the closing prayer and the class was dismissed.
Chairman—Michael Walker; Vice Chairman—Cath Tyler; Secretary—Rebecca
Over; Assistant Secretaries—Margaret Gillanders, Nick Hall and Jacqui