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Summertyne Americana Festival

St. Mary’s Church, Gateshead, United Kingdom

Saturday, July 24, 2010

As part of the Summertyne Americana Festival at The Sage in Gateshead, Tim Eriksen conducted an all day Sacred Harp singing school.

Tim began with a school which took singers through the basics of the shape note system, and the various songs which comprise The Sacred Harp tune book. He led 28b, 47t, 39t and 186.

RECESS

Tim called the class back by leading 47t. He led 176t, 147t, 146 and 48t. He gave thanks before the noon meal.

LUNCH

Tim called the class to order leading 274t. Leaders: Cath Tyler 276, 499; Anna Baldini 299, 86; Judy Whiting 150, 503; Sally Greaves-Lord 29t, 33b; John Stonell 47b, 66; Chris Brown 31t, 159; Alice Metherall 315, 209; Benny Ross 128, 350; Helen Barber 122, 547; Phil Tyler 101t, 49b.

RECESS

Magdalena Eriksen called the class back together leading 72b. Leaders: Vince Allen 448t; Tim Eriksen 178, 102, 117, 162 (which had all been requested by new singers); Alice Metherall 504; Tim Eriksen 45t, 273; John Stonell 155. Tim Eriksen closed the day by leading 47t.

About thirty singers went on to sing in the foyer of the concert hall at The Sage. They sang 39t, 186, and 47t.