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Shape Note Singing

Thursday 20th July -  Sunday 23rd July 2023

Space is available on this event

This weekend covers some of the finest music from the American shape note tradition, the oldest American a cappella harmony singing tradition. It uses a distinctive notation that makes it particularly easy to learn if you don’t read music. Its sound has been described as ‘hillbillies singing Renaissance music’. We focus on songs in The Christian Harmony, the Mennonite Hymnal and Southern gospel music song books: loaners will be available as well as books for sale. No previous musical or singing experience is necessary and we welcome everyone: children and adults, those who think they can’t sing (you can sing shape note music!), experienced singers and everyone in between. If you are new to singing or shape note music, there will be an introductory class each day. We also have fun and fellowship, with a beach bonfire and fireworks, weather permitting! Due to the popularity of this event, room sharing is encouraged and there will only be space in the community for those participating in the event.

Arrivals: from 3pm Thursday - first meal is dinner at 7pm

Departures: 3pm Sunday

Costs: We have two rates for adults £144 (Basic Rate) or £180 (*Benefactor Rate), Camping is available at a cost of adults £108 (Basic Rate) or £144 (*Benefactor Rate). If you are able to afford the Benefactor rate this helps to support the work of Othona and enables us to provide bursaries to support those who cannot afford to come.  Normal child rates apply. 

We may be able to offer concessionary rates (25% reduction) at the Manager's discretion. Please contact us to find out more.

*(Find out about our Benefactor Rate)


20 Jul 2023 15:00 to 23 Jul 2023 15:00
Othona Community, Essex
East End Road
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Landline: 01621 776564 ext. 01621776564
Landline: 01621776564 ext. 01621776564