Durham Sacred Harp

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

We sing every 2nd and 4th Saturday 2pm - 4pm at Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham.

Come along to sing with us! Our singings are open to all. We aren't a choir as we don't rehearse or perform and no-one's in charge. Everyone just sings for their own enjoyment. You don't need to be able to read music yet or have a "good" voice to come along.

The words of most of the songs are from the Christian faith but singers of all religions and none are welcome.

We have loaner books for you to sing from and you can buy your own book for £25 cash.

Feel free to bring along children. You'll be responsible for your own children but there are toys to play with and baby changing facilities.


Antioch House is the parish centre of St Margaret's Church which is over the road. It's less than 10 minutes on foot from the train station and less than 5 minutes from the bus station.

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Contact us

We'd love to hear from you. You can email us at [email protected]. We're also on Twitter at @durham_sh.

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.

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