Come and sing Sacred Harp in Durham

2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month

Sacred Harp is a communal folk hymn singing tradition from the United States. The Sacred Harp is also the name of the book we sing from.

Our singing group in Durham is friendly and open to everyone. We don't rehearse or perform. No-one's in charge. Everyone just turns up and sings for their own enjoyment. You don't need to be able to read music or have a "good" voice to come along.

We won't be singing at all due to the coronovirus outbreak. Ignore the dates below

We sing every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 2pm to 4pm at Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham, DH1 4PR.

Our next three singings are on: Saturday 14 November, 28 November, and 12 December.

There's no charge to sing with us. We'll help you sing Sacred Harp. We have books you can borrow to sing from. You can also buy your own book for £25.

Feel free to bring along children. You'll be responsible for your own children. They can sing if they want to. Also, there are toys to play with and baby-changing facilities.


The venue is opposite St Margaret's Church on Crossgate.

🚂 10 minutes from Durham train station

🚌 5 minutes from Durham bus station

🚗 Paid-for parking right outside the front door

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Contact us

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More information about Sacred Harp

The Wikipedia page on Sacred Harp is an excellent place to find out more about the history and conventions of Sacred Harp singing.

UK Shapenote has information about other UK and Europe singings from the Sacred Harp and other shapenote books.

YouTube has hundreds (thousands?) of recordings and videos from across the Sacred Harp community.

Awake My Soul is a great documentary about Sacred Harp singing.

Newcastle Sacred Harp sings Sacred Harp and other shapenote music every Tuesday from 7.30pm at the Bridge Hotel and every 2nd Sunday from 8pm in Gateshead.