Come and sing with us at DIY Space for London on the First Thursday of April! No experience necessary!
Our normal First Thursday singing venue is double booked on the 4th of April, so instead we will be singing at DIY Space for London!
We will start with a short introductory singing school, and there will be a tea break and opportunity to ask questions and hang out in the bar after the singing.
London Sacred Harp sings every week at various locations in London in the tradition of a cappella community folk hymn singing from the United States. You might’ve heard it in films like Cold Mountain and Lawless, or heard versions of songs in the shape-note tradition interpreted by the likes of Songs: Ohia, Wussy and Sufjan Stevens and many more. The Sacred Harp is also the name of the book we sing from. It’s a tradition with roots in Europe, but that has mainly developed in the American South.
We don’t rehearse or perform. We sing for our fellow singers. Everyone sings. Everyone sings loudly and freely. And everyone sings for their own enjoyment. Anyone can learn to sing Sacred Harp.
*No auditions – all voices are welcome in Sacred Harp – no prior musical skill or ability required.
*No choirmasters – singers lead their songs where comfortable, but no-one is in charge of the group.
*No commitment – you needn’t attend every singing, or the whole session. Although it’s best to arrive for the start of the session if unacquainted, singers arrive late and leave early as their schedules permit – don’t let it hold you back if you can make it for 7:30 on the dot!
*No religious background required – although the songs we sing come from a Christian tradition (and are strongly on the themes of death and religion, be apprised) and our singings take place predominately in churches, we are not a religious group and people from all faiths and none are drawn to and welcome to sing Sacred Harp music.
*No one turned away for lack of funds – we take a collection to cover room hire fees on a pay-what-you-can basis. About £3 cash is great, as a guide, but please don’t worry if you can’t pay!
HELP!!! I’m new – what should I expect?
*We will begin at 7:30pm with a short singing school, and then sing until we get thirsty for a tea break. After the tea break we’ll sing again until about 9:30, and then we’ll hang around for a chat in the bar for another hour or so!
*Don’t worry about disturbing us if you arrive late: if you’re new it’s super helpful for *you* to be there at the start, but you are welcome to walk in at any time during the singing and won’t disturb us if you’re late – grab a loaner book from the big yellow & orange bag if you can see it or take a seat and soon enough someone should notice you’re bookless!
*We take turns to pick and lead songs, usually going around the square. If there’s a song from the book you’d like to hear – even if you don’t feel confident enough to lead it yourself – please do call it when we make it round to you!
DIY Space for London is open to members and their guests. If you would like to become a member yourself you can do so here for £2 a year https://membermojo.co.uk/diyspaceforlondon/ (you’ll be supporting a great project, plus you get a cute little card!)
If you use reading glasses, bring them – text in the book we sing from can be small!
We sing sitting down (though you are welcome to stand if you need to).
DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, accessible gender-neutral toilets and plenty of space for maneuvering and getting away from crowds.
On entering the venue there is a small ramp, which is quite steep and might require assistance going up and down. If you are a wheelchair user and not travelling with anyone, let us know in advance you are coming so someone at the venue can be there to assist.
For more information please see their access page: http://diyspaceforlondon.org/access/
DIY Space for London
96-108 Ormside Street
For more information on transport links: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/about/
DIY Space for London is a little tucked away, so feel free to check out our videos explaining how to get to us from local bus stops and train stations! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyQb03j5S8E2OOIkXOgEG4Uf0wTi7ei5i
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