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.