Event - Sacred Harp Convention and Singing School

Friday 04 March, 8:00 pm - UCC, Cork

Sacred Harp Convention and Singing School The UCC School of Music and Theatre presents the first Sacred Harp Convention and Singing School to be hosted in Ireland. The Sacred Harp is a repertoire of American choral music dating from the 16th century to the present, which is printed using a special shaped note system of notation that makes it easier for those without musical training to read music. This four-part a cappella music includes energetic fugues, riveting anthems, sublime hymns, and haunting modes. The enthusiasm, passion, high volume, and rich spectrum of trained and untrained voices with which this repertoire is sung make Sacred Harp singing a powerful communal musical and spiritual experience.

Sacred Harp singing has long survived as a participatory folk tradition in the US South, and has in recent decades enjoyed a revival across the US and expansion to the UK. American singer and ethnomusicologist Dr. Juniper Hill brought the tradition to Cork, teaching a performance ensemble in shape note music at UCC, which led to the development of the Cork Sacred Harp singing community. Experienced Sacred Harp singers from America and England will take part in the event, and newcomers are encouraged to participate. The singing school will be taught by expert Southern singers David Ivey and Neely Bruce, and will introduce beginners to the tradition. Everyone – of all backgrounds and skill levels – is welcome to participate.

Singing School with David Ivey and Neely Bruce
Friday, 04 March, 7 – 9 pm
Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, Sunday’s Well Road, Cork
Saturday, 05 March, 9:30 am – 12 pm
Aula Maxima, UCC Main Campus

Singing Sessions
Saturday, 05 March, 1 – 3:30 pm
Sunday, 06 March, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Aula Maxima, UCC Main Campus

There is a suggested donation of €10 (€5 concessions) per day. Please bring a dish of food to share on Saturday and Sunday.
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