What can I say? - It's tomorrow!
Just las weekend we met Michael Walker at the 2nd Poland Sacred Harp Convention in Warsaw. Now we get to meet him again this weekend. - It's going to be very enriching for the Hamburg group to meet yet another teacher. Also, new people have registered via email, so it's exciting to meet people with interest in the shape note tradition who are living in Hamburg.
Wasn't it interesting to see an audience react to Sacred Harp? The Bremen friends came last Saturday to help us presenting Sacred Harp to the visitors of "Nacht der Kirchen" in Hamburg. Visitors of "Nacht der Kirchen" are usually the curious kind, and indeed they seemed very patient during our first two singing blocks.
I thought they honestly tried to understand what's going on. When we showed them on the big sheet how the music looked like they seemed a bit satisfied that what we did actually was written down somewhere in a book instead of witnessing a bunch of people being possessed by some spirits of an orgiastic cult. After the third block they lost their shyness and asked us more things and I loved how we could interact with them.
It is an unusual setting to sing Sacred Harp in front of an audience. You could fall into the trap of reflecting on "What am I doing here?" and "How does that sound to others?" - Actually those are thoughts which are necessary to escape in order to sing Sacred Harp.
But nevertheless I thought it was very precious to have this opportunity to share this powerful music.
Thank you, Bremen friends for your help, and thanks for the Hamburg singers for jumping right into it! I hope the demonstration will get us many people to Michael's workshop in two weeks! Flyer / Facebook event
I'll try to post some pictures from last Saturday some other time. Till then there's an audio though of "World Unknown" in German here.
Look what a cool video the Bremen friends got here.
They’ll come and help us presenting "Sacred Harp" at the Hamburg "Nacht der Kirchen", this Saturday 14th November at 8pm. We’ll put together a list and make sure that us newbies know some of tunes. I think this is a great chance to share the Sacred Harp experience with many people!
10.30-12.30 Singing School (with break)
2.00 Singing School/Singing (till 4.30 probably)
This time we're organising a shared lunch in the church. Please register! That helps for organising! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0176 72364865
I admit that I made only 10 copies of some of the tunes because I wasn't expecting such a big response to Fynn's workshop the Saturday before. So on Tuesday we met in the North gallery of the church with 12 singers with 8 national backgrounds! We simply repeated everything Fynn taught on Saturday. And then singing the parts (only Treble, Alto and Tenor) of "Restoration First" and "Amsterdam" and putting them together, and getting such a fantastic sound, seemed like a miracle!
Anyway, I think for our next meetings we should just sing the tunes which we also tried at the workshop. There are videos and audio files from that day on the channel of our Bremen friends. And don't forget to check out the Bremen website where you can listen to each voice part.