Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Sacred Harp Workshop

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Sacred Harp Workshop

Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Sacred Harp Workshop at HOME Manchester, Manchester 19 October 2019 Entrance is free — Visit now

Sacred Harp is a tradition that started in New England, with songs dating back as far as the 18th and 19th Centuries. It is a form of A capella singing that is rapidly gaining popularity among hobbyists in the UK. Join Manchester Sacred Harp for a workshop where you’ll learn to sing these accessible 4 part songs. With its roots in the English Folk tradition this style of singing gets its name from the human voice, and with good reason, the instinctual sound created by large groups shakes rooves and reminds us of our humanity.

The songs use a system of notation which can be picked up easily without prior musical training and are a perfect way for non musicians to find their voice. Groups sit in four sections according to each persons voice type, so all you need to be able to do is hear the person next to you.

the instinctual sound created by large groups shakes rooves and reminds us of our humanity

Although some of the songs have religious texts, the aim of the workshop is to make music and encourage people to discover a joy in singing. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in regardless of religion or musical background, all you need is the willingness to try something new.

As well as the Manchester Folk festival workshop at HOME, Manchester Sacred Harp group meet for monthly sessions at the Kings Arms in Salford.

Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Sacred Harp Workshop at HOME Manchester, Manchester 19 October 2019 Entrance is free Visit now

What's on at HOME Manchester

La Chimera
La Chimera at HOME

Josh O’Connor leads a ramshackle band of grave robbers in Alice Rohrwacher’s stunning new film, La Chimera.

from £7.95
Horizons Festival 2024 at HOME
Horizons Festival 2024 at HOME

As part of Refugee Week and in partnership with Community Arts North West, HOME present Horizons Festival 2024, a weekend-long celebration of theatre, film, art, performance, workshops and debate.

free entry

Where to go near Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Sacred Harp Workshop

Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Event venue

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

What's on: Activity

DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

from £269
life drawing
Life Drawing Manchester

Whether you have never put pencil to paper or have been honing your artistic skills for years, Bee Creative studio runs life drawing sessions for people of all abilities.

from £10
Old Dock Tours, Liverpool

The Old Dock tour is a treat for younger and older visitors alike, fans of Liverpool’s maritime past, and anybody curious about local history.

£8.50 with concessions
Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

free entry

Culture Guides