We are a brand-new Shape Note group in Worthing. We sing from The Sacred Harp, a traditional American songbook, and meet up once a month in Worthing.
Sacred Harp Singing is four part acappella harmony singing. The tunes are notated in ‘shape notes’, designed to aid sight-reading. All are welcome to come along, whether you have experience or not, many of us in Worthing are new to this. We want you to come and enjoy singing with us, whether you think you can sing or read music or not, and whatever you believe in (it’s a hymn book, but the singers are ‘of any faith and none’).
We don’t rehearse or perform. We sing for our fellow singers. Everyone sings. Everyone sings loudly and freely. And everyone sings for their own enjoyment. Anyone can learn to sing Sacred Harp. Our singings are open to all. Singers of all religions and none are welcome. There is no fee or subscription, but we do suggest a small donation to help us cover our basic costs. And you don’t need to be able to read music or have a so-called “good” voice.
We sing on the third Tuesday of each Month at St John the Divine’s church in West Worthing. “Loaner books” will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own so just come along wanting to sing.
Other singings take place around the UK, Europe, the USA, and elsewhere.