Sacred Harp Singing & Singing School in the Gallery

Sun May 05 2024 at 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm

Whitworth Art Gallery | Manchester

Manchester Sacred Harp Singing
Publisher/HostManchester Sacred Harp Singing
Sacred Harp Singing & Singing School in the Gallery
Join Manchester Sacred Harp for an afternoon of uplifting four-part harmony social singing.
*This event will include a singing school from Steve Brett of Bristol Sacred Harp. He will give an introduction to Sacred Harp singing for beginners, and focus on accenting - a key skill in Sacred Harp singing - for improving singers*
- All voices welcome
- No musical experience needed
- People from all faiths and none are welcome
- Attendance is free
Please let us know if you're coming. Email [email protected] or click 'Going' so we know to expect you.
Our door is open - feel free to sit and sing with us if you want to give it a try, or drop by to listen.

Finding us:
You'll find us in the stunning setting of the Whitworth Art Gallery. Ask directions at the welcome desk to find the room we're in on this occasion.
Getting there:
Access information: The venue is wheelchair accessible and has assisted toilet facilities. There are 5 parking spaces on Denmark Road for Blue Badge holders, with step-free access via the Parkside entrance.
More details:

Please do not attend if you have or may be developing a transmissible respiratory infection such as covid-19, cold or flu.
If you've received a positive test result for covid-19 in the past 10 days you should not attend.
The room we sing in is large and well ventilated, and all singers are free to wear a mask or distance themselves if they wish.

Food and Drink
No food or drink is allowed to be consumed in the gallery. Only lidded bottles of water are permitted in the space.
You can bring your own food to eat outdoors or downstairs where there is an indoor picnic space. There is also a café, though please be aware that it's generally very busy at the weekend, so there may be a long wait for a table.

New to Sacred Harp?
Sacred Harp is a choral tradition that originated in the United States in the late 1800s, drawing on the hymns and folk tunes of the time. It's sung in four-part harmony, with no instruments accompanying the singers.
It is accessible, communal and participatory, not performative. So there's no 'choir practice' – you just turn up and sing.
Manchester Sacred Harp is a friendly group who get together for the love of singing. Anyone can attend as an when they can. There's no expectation to always attend.
There is a mixture of abilities, and the voices of the most experienced singers help you to follow the tune. You won’t be asked to sing alone, and there’s no audience. It’s all about power of many voices joined in harmony.

This lovely short video gives a useful explanation of Sacred Harp:

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Whitworth Art Gallery, Cufflinkswala, Denmark Road, Manchester, M15 6, United Kingdom,Manchester, United Kingdom

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