Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sacred Harp in St Giles Church, Prague

This weekend (26-7 November 2011) the first Sacred Harp all-day singing meeting to be held in the Czech Republic is taking place in the St Giles Church, Prague (Husova 234/8, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město). Sacred Harp singers from Germany, Ireland, Poland, the UK, and the USA are taking part, and Aldo Thomas Ceresa, a Sacred Harp singer from New York, is conducting a workshop. Admission is free, and the event is open to all. More information is on the Sacred Harp Poland website.

Sacred Harp music has been an important influence on bluegrass harmony singing. The sound was recently brought to wider audiences by the soundtrack of the motion picture Cold Mountain. In mid October 2011 Aldo Thomas Ceresa conducted a Sacred Harp workshop in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was strongly supported by the Shape Note singing community in Cork, southern Ireland.