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Shapenote Singing in the City of
Dreaming Spires
 

 

Oxford Singing Day 2017
In our new Venue in North Hinksey Lane, Nr. Botley


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Listen to:

The Strand, - BBC World Service, review of First Polish Sacred Harp Convention in Warsaw, in September 2012.  Starts at 11:05 mins.


Discussions on Blogs:

Wed 28 Nov 2012
http://jpkarlsberg.com: Songs of the Sacred Harp on BBC Radio 4.


Read:

7 Dec 2012 - Music Takes a Sacred Shape; article in the Church Times by Simon Jones.

7 Dec 2012 -
Cerys Matthews visits Alabama to uncover a sacred choral tradition.

 

The Sacred Harp website in America is at www.fasola.org which contains a wealth of information for both new and experienced singers.
 

 

 

 

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Julie Fox is now holding Sacred Harp singing sessions on the first Sunday in every month,
from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
 
The Coach House 
46 Quarry Road 
Oxford 
OX3 8NU
  
All - especially experienced singers - are very welcome!
            




 

 
Further details, telephone:
07907-202-408

email Julie Fox
jfox50@me.com

 

Oxford Singing Day
24th June 2017

 

Botley Women's Institute
Village Hall
North Hinksey Lane, Botley
OX2 0LT

 

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Tea, Coffee and Biscuits available from 9.30 am

 

Bring and Share Lunch

Donations to cover costs

 

Evening get together afterwards at
30 Eynsham Road OX2 9BP
 

Lifts from Oxford Bus and Rail Stations can be arranged
 please contact us

 

Buses 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 11, X30, U1, and S1 can be picked up from
the centre of Frideswide Square opposite Oxford Station;
these go to Botley Shops (aka Elms Parade).

Alight from the bus at the stop just BEFORE MacDonalds,
which is the stop at the traffic lights before the A34 road bridge.
Walk behind MacDonalds, turn left at next junction,
hall is about 500 yards on LEFT.
More details below.

 


D I R E C T I O N S
 

IF COMING BY COACH
There is a bus stop on the opposite side of the road and to the
left when leaving theBus Station where S1 buses will stop.

Alternatively, turn Right out of Bus Station, go over the

cross-roads, and continue walking in a straight line towards

the Railway Station. You will arrive in Frideswide Square

just before you reach the Station.
You need to catch a bus in Frideswide Square.
 

IF TAKING A BUS FROM THE RAILWAY STATION
and IF YOU HAVE WALKED FROM THE BUS STATION

The Bus stop you require is on the south side of Frideswide Square,

ie, the side opposite the Railway Station and the Said Business School.
Take any
4, 4 A, B, or C, or 11 or S1 which
goes under the railway bridge.

Leave the bus the stop BEFORE Elms Parade (Botley Shops).
Ask for MacDonalds.
This is where North Hinksey Lane joins Botley Road, and is immediately BEFORE MacDonalds. Go along North Hinksey Lane and turn left – this is effectively a cross-roads, the lane is the “main” road with priority. 
It is a lane, with intermittent few footpaths.

The Hall is on the left, immediately after House No. 34


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IF WALKING FROM THE STATION
Botley is about a mile from the Station, but walk under
the railway bridge and continue until you turn left onto North Hinksey Lane.

Go along North Hinksey Lane and turn left – this is effectively a cross-roads, the lane is the “main” road with priority. 
It is a lane, with intermittent few footpaths.

The Hall is on the left, immediately after House No. 34

 

Entering No 35 North Hinksey Lane into your sat nav,

will take you some way down the lane, past the Hall.

IF COMING BY CAR
(including access from Bristol/Swindon A420)

leave the A34 at the Botley Interchange, and turn down the hill

towards Oxford. You will be confronted by MacDonalds,
It is easier to turn RIGHT at these traffic lights, followed by
an IMMEDIATE LEFT, keeping MacDonalds on your left.
Travel 300 yards southwards, and join North Hinksey Lane

where it turns left   Continue south as before, 
the Hall being on the left after House No 34.
Parking is behind the Hall.

 

Please note: 

  • 1.  Access to the old shops is difficult from the Hall.
    2. If using the lane by car when leaving, you need to turn right
         at the sharp bend, and then turn LEFT around MacDonalds
         in order to reach the traffic lights.

 

IF WALKING FROM FRIDESWIDE SQUARE

turn RIGHT from the stationunder the railway bridge, and
continue down the Botley Road until you reach MacDonalds.
Then follow the directions above. It takes about 20 minutes.


If lost, telephone

Edwin:  07972 680602

 


Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/524424704394602/
 

Monthly Oxford singings

 

  1.    Julie Fox is now holding Sacred Harp singing sessions on
    the first Sunday in every month, from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm, at
    The Coach House 
    46 Quarry Road 
    Oxford 
    OX3 8NU

    All - especially experienced singers - are very welcome!


       Further details, telephone: 07907-202-408
    email Julie Fox :   jfox50@me.com  

     



Link here to a piece of music from the Shenandoah Harmony, being led by Tom Macclure at Bethnal Green, London, on 16 March 2014.


 

 
The American Sacred Harp tradition

 

What is Sacred Harp? A rather longer explanation can be found here, but essentially it is Shapenote music, an American choral tradition of singing unaccompanied four-part harmony, sometimes referred to as 'sacred folksong', 'White Gospel' music, or even 'Sacred Heavy metal'.

 

This 200 year-old living tradition came to the UK in the early 1990s, and to Oxford some fourteen years ago. It has recently caught the interest and imagination of singers in several parts of Europe, including Ireland, Poland, Norway, Germany, and not least in London, Bristol and Brighton.   Come and experience it here in Oxford for yourselves!

 

All welcome, from beginners to experienced. There is no need to be able to read music!

 

How to find us:

30 Eynsham Road OX2 9BP is just west of the A34 Oxford Bypass, on the B4044 Oxford - Eynsham Road, and just after the road branches at the bottom of Cumnor Hill in the "village" of Botley.
 

The house is to the north of Eynsham Road, parking in nearby roads, Deanfield Road and Owlington Close. Bus stops for Services 11, S1 and 4C very close to the front door. All the other 4 Services (4, 4A, 4B,) stop at or near the Botley shops, a short walk away!

Location map:

Link to Google Map here 
 

 

Website run by
Sheila and Edwin Macadam
Tel:01865 865773
Email:  shelwin8@tiscali.co.uk