Tokyo Sacred Harp

Tokyo Shape Note Singing Workshops

Shape note singing was an ingenious early American invention that attached a different shape to each note of the musical scale. Easy to learn, shape notes allow for a virtual flash mob of glorious four-part a cappella harmony. It’s communal singing the way generations past cherished, and it’s still good for the soul and body today. A Tokyo based group is offering all comers the chance to sing a variety of songs, from traditional hymns to transcriptions of old Japanese and foreign songs into shape notes, hiragana, and roman letters. All copies of songs are provided, and all are welcome, regardless of musical abilities, language abilities, country of origin, religion, politics, or anything else. No experience necessary, and the workshops are free.

There will be two singing workshops:

Saturday, November 18
Ikebukuro Anglican Church (Seikokai)
5-24-5 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Singing from the Sacred Harp (a famous shape note tunebook)

Sunday, November 19
Nezu Church
1-19-6 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Singing from the Christian Harmony and old Japanese and foreign songs


Nov 18 2017 - Nov 19 2017



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