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Northwest London Sacred Harp Singing

St. Mary’s Church, Willesden, London, United Kingdom

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The 1st Northwest London Sacred Harp Singing was called to order by Michael Walker leading 225t. Michael Walker welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of the church. Chaplain Helen Brown offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Michael Walker; Arranging Committee—Sheila Macadam and Sarah West; Secretaries—Margaret Gillanders and Judy Whiting.

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg of Troy, New York, taught a singing school for advanced singers focusing on accent. The following songs were sung during the singing school: 49b, 209, 302, 340, 82t, and 522.


Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam 155; Rachel Jordan 474; Michael Walker 200, 134; Ian West 135, 50b; Linda Reed 300; Edwin Macadam 217, 61; Sofi Mogensen 503; Jesse Karlsberg 348b, 371; Helen Brown 411, 278b; Paul Setford 37b, 40; Steve Fletcher 481 (for Ken Baddley and his new wife), 272; Joseph Smeall 114, 183; Margaret Gillanders 171; Nick Hall 528, 287; Sarah West 370, 324. Helen Brown offered grace for the noon meal.


Ian West called the class back to order by leading 479. Leaders: Jacqui Selby-MacLeod 448b, 314; Pete Renyard 47t; Judy Whiting 222, 186; Ted Brown 378t; Jill Thompson 299, 504; Chris Brown 467, 362; Shelby Sampson 163t, 48b; Richard Percival 38b, 210; Dave Richardson 63, 145t; Aaron Rajeev Kahn 284, 168.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Ted Brown and he led 339 in memory of the following deceased: Amanda Denson, Roy West, Jane Selby, Loy Garrison, Gladys McGraw, Katherine Benefield, Reby Stanford, Lee Rogers, Ferdi Williams, Frank Hataway, Yvonne Blake, Paddy Broughton, David Hammond, and Dave Little.

The sick and housebound lesson was conducted by Jacqui Selby-Macleod, and she led 452 in honor of the following sick and housebound: Stanley Shaw, Maureen Gamlin, Jean Cousins, Jenny Reeves, Erik Mogensen, John Taylor, Mary Lambert Smith, Eugene Forbes, Mel Browne, Pru Coreen, Jack Walne, Violet Setford, David Lee (Essex), Gladys Buchanan, Betty Thompson, and Kerry Bloom. Helen Brown offered prayer, and the memorial lesson was closed.


Michael Walker called the class back together by leading 377. Leaders: Sheila Girling Macadam 330b, 142; Rachel Jordan 66, 269; Sofi Mogensen 47b, 86; Margaret Gillanders 384; Ted Brown 546; Linda Reed 228, 515 (for Ken Baddley and his wife); Edwin Macadam 236; Judy Whiting 273; Richard Percival 198; Nick Hall 28b; Sarah West 385b; Steve Fletcher 277; Chris Brown 211; Helen Brown 53; Jesse Karlsberg 507.

Following announcements, Michael Walker led 62 as the class took the parting hand. Chaplain Helen Brown offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Michael Walker; Secretaries—Margaret Gillanders, Judy Whiting