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Liverpool Singing

Sandymount House of Prayer, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Catherine Rowe called the class to order, and welcomed everyone. June Halbert offered the opening prayer.

Helen Brown conducted a singing school, teaching the singing of the shapes and the major scale; a brief history of the Sacred Harp tradition; the way in which the music should be sung; accenting and timing. The following songs were used to illustrate various aspects of singing: 49t, 36b, 171.

RECESS

The class was called back to order, and the singing school continued with practice of the minor scale, and singing 39t and 107. The following songs were also used during the singing school: 47t, 47b, 159. The blessing for the mid-day meal was offered by Reuben Rowe.

LUNCH

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairperson—Catherine Rowe; Secretaries—Margaret Gillanders and Sharon Langridge; Arranging Committee—Judy Whiting and Michael Walker.

Leaders: Helen Brown 36b, 171; Hannah Land 107, 535; Sharon Langridge 47b, 313b; Margaret Gillanders 99, 68b; Michael Walker 101t, 129; Richard Percival 515.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Sharon Langridge. The following deceased were remembered: Marie Holloway, Margaret Clay, Johnny Collins, John Matthewson, Margery Pratt, Audrey Nathan, Sue Briggs, and Ann Cox.

The following sick and housebound were honored: Ben Hall, Alan Jackson, P. Dan Brittain, Kathy Armstrong, Leo McQuigan, Sue Kent, John Hopkinson, Brenda Knudssen, Maureen Gamlin, Daniel Hughes, Blanche Briscoe, Lynnie Shaw, Alan Devaney, and Janet Clifton.

Sharon Langridge led 45t in honor of all those named. Helen Brown closed the memorial by leading the class in prayer.

Leaders: Ted Brown 47t, 303; Judy Whiting 441.

RECESS

Richard Percival called the class back to order by leading 40. Leaders: Judy Whiting 503; Margaret Gillanders 142; Hannah Land 276; Michael Walker 31t; Sharon Langridge 504; Ted Brown 74b; Helen Brown 77t; Judy Whiting 150; Margaret Gillanders 569b; Hannah Land 318; Michael Walker 182; Richard Percival 49b; Judy Whiting 72b; Helen Brown 534; Ted Brown 178; Sharon Langridge 481.

Following announcements, Judy Whiting and Catherine Rowe led 56t as the closing song. June Halbert dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairperson—Catherine Rowe; Secretaries—Margaret Gillanders and Sharon Langridge