London Double All-Day Singing, 2020

The 13th London All-Day Sacred Harp and 8th European All-Day Christian Harmony Singings will be held this year on 31st October and 1st November. Details to follow.

2nd Annual ‘Roving’ UK Shenandoah Harmony All-Day Singing

Hosted by London Sacred Harp

Saturday 18th January, 2020

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Singing School with Dan Hunter

Sunday 19th January

Saturday

Join us for a full day of shapenote singing from the Shenandoah Harmony

Registration: 10am
Singing: 10:30am – 4pm

Dinner on the Grounds – please note we cannot heat or cook food on site, so bring cold dishes, slow cookers/crock pots or hot food in an insulated wrapping. Only water is allowed in the main meeting room itself, so bringing a water bottle would be a good idea.

Location: Wandsworth Friends Meeting House, 59 Wandsworth High St, London SW18 2PT Map

Evening social: – Join us at the King’s Arms in Wandsworth, a 3 minute walk from the venue, where a room is booked from 5pm Map

Transport:
> The closest bus stops are routes 37, 39, 28, 44, 156, 220, 270 and 337, all within 500ft.
> East Putney Underground Station is 1 mile (~20 minute, straightforward walk) away, and served by the 37 and 337 buses.
> Wandsworth Town Rail Station is 0.5 miles (~10 minute walk) away.
> Parking: There is very limited street parking near the venue. At the time of writing, NCP Wandsworth Southside 2 Carpark costs £8.60 for the day and is 0.3 (~5 minute walk) away. Blue badge holders are able to park in the Wandsworth council car park opposite the venue.

Accessibility:
> The venue and one toilet is wheelchair accessible.
> Seating in the venue is cushioned wooden benches, and a chair can be provided if you need to sit while leading.
> Southfields is the closest Underground Station with step-free access, and connects to the venue via the 39 bus.


Sunday


Singing School led by Dan Hunter of Pennsylvania:

The Shape of Utopia: From Millenarians to Millennials, Singing Through the End of the World

followed by further informal singing at St Mary’s Primrose Hill, Elsworthy Road NW3 3DJ Map

Arrive at 1pm for a 1.15pm start, finishing at 4pm. Refreshments will be available but an early lunch would be wise.

Transport:
> The closest bus stops are routes 31, C11 and 168 
> Chalk Farm Underground Station is half a mile (~10 minute walk) away > Swiss Cottage Underground Station is just over half a mile (~15 minute walk) away and is served by the 31 and C11 buses
> Parking: The area has free on-street parking at weekends

Accessibility:
St Mary’s has step free access on Primrose Hill Road and Elsworthy Road, wheelchair accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities.

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London Double All Day Singing, 2019

Local groups singing in the Sacred Harp tradition try to put on a full day or weekend of singing and hospitality once a year. A diverse group of people from disparate backgrounds and locations will gather to enjoy a shared love of glorious singing and warm community. Loaner books are available at all singings. No booking is required – in the Sacred Harp tradition, you just turn up and sing up.

Our regular monthly singing from the seven-shape do-re-mi Christian Harmony songbook falls on Thursday, 24 October, making it possible to get four days of singing out of this year’s feast of song.

  • Christian Harmony, Regular 4th Thursday Singing
Thursday 24 October, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: St Mary Primrose Hill, Elsworthy Rd, London NW3 3DJ, UK

Nearest Tube stations: Chalk Farm (Northern Line) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line).

Regular singing from the seven-shape ‘do-re-mi’ Black Book. Beer from St Mary’s Brewery will be on sale. 

  • Singing School led by Michael Walker

Friday 25 October, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: St Mary Primrose Hill, Elsworthy Rd, London NW3 3DJ, UK

Nearest Tube stations: Chalk Farm (Northern Line) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line).

Michael will lead the class in a session on singing and leading songs from the Sacred Harp, whatever your experience or level of confidence. This year’s theme is the great Sacred Harp leaders of the past one hundred years and how their approach can inform our own singing and leading. Beer from St Mary’s Brewery will be on sale. 

  • Sacred Harp All Day Singing with Dinner on the Grounds

Saturday 26 October, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Highgate URC Church, Pond Square, South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BA, UK

Nearest tube station: Highgate (Northern Line), Buses: 134, 214

All day singing from the Sacred Harp four-shape ‘fasola’ song book. Registration from 10 am, singing 10:30 to 4 pm. Dinner on the grounds and refreshments throughout the day, followed by an evening social at the Angel Inn, 37 Highgate High Street, N6 5JT, from 6.30 pm. 

Sunday 28th October:

Please note: Clocks go back at 2am

  • Southern Gospel Breakfast and House Singing 

London Bridge. Address details provided at Saturday All Day and via Facebook.

9:00am – 12.30pm, Seven-shape ‘New Book’ or Southern Gospel and Primitive Baptist songs over breakfast and a walk to Primrose Hill finishing at singing venue  

  • Christian Harmony All Afternoon Singing

Location: St Mary Primrose Hill, Elsworthy Rd, London NW3 3DJ, UK

Nearest Tube stations: Chalk Farm (Northern Line) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line).

Seven-shape ‘do-re-mi’ song book with lush proto-gospel harmonies. Registration from 12.45 pm, singing 1:00 to 5:30 pm with Afternoon Tea on the Grounds and refreshments. Beer from St Mary’s Brewery will be on sale. 

A note on access: we regret that the Saturday Venue in Highgate does not offer full disabled access. There is ramp and lift access from the street to the singing hall, refreshments and disabled lavatory, but not to the downstairs hall where dinner is served. We will undertake to provide food and dining companions on the main singing floor for anyone unable to use the stairs.

The Sunday venue in Primrose Hill is accessible via the glass doors facing Primrose Hill Road, although singers using wheelchairs may have to gain access to afternoon tea in the main part of the church by exiting and using the street to reenter at the Elsworthy Road entrance. A singer will be available to escort and assist with doors.

If you have additional needs or would like to discuss access arrangements, please email us via the contact page.

London Double All Day, 2017. Photographs by Joyce Smith.