IT IS a style of singing which is growing fact and has become a regular feature on Holmfirth’s music calendar.
Sacred Harp singing is rooted in the USA but its popularity continues to grown here with many sessions held at festivals and other music events across the country.
Sacred Harp is a style of singing, also known as fasola or shape-note singing.
The next Singing will be at Wooldale Community Centre in Robert Lane, Wooldale on Saturday March 26.
The singing will begin at 10.30am and finish around 4.00 with a break for lunch.
Everyone takes food which is then shared among those taking part. Drinks will be provided and a collection will be taken to cover expenses.
Sacred Harp singing is done around a hollow square where the tenors face altos and trebles face basses and everyone joins in the singing.
There is no formal leader. Each individual is invited to take a turn at standing in the centre, selecting a song, and beating time with the hand.
The singing is not accompanied by harps or any other instrument! The music is printed in notes where the different shape of the note head indicates the syllables FA, SOL, LA and MI.
The shapes of the music are designed to help singers learn to read this particular kind of music.
Most newcomers to the style find themselves following their neighbour until they pick up their part usually by the second or third verse.
There is no need to be able to sight-read music, to have a good voice and there is no audition. Just go along and sing.
Details from Cath Ingham on 01484 687227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org