Village Harmony

Northern Harmony Singing Weekend at Hebden Bridge

Date: September 25-27, 2020
Venue: Hebden Bridge - Birchcliffe Centre
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony Singers
Price: £190/£240/£130

An inspiring weekend of singing led by Northern Harmony.  The weekend begins with supper on Friday and concludes after lunch on Sunday.  The singing venue is the spacious Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge.  On Saturday night there will be ceilidh, including performance by Northern Harmony and participatory dancing – European bal folk and New England contras.

We’ll sing both as a big group and in smaller classes from the wide range of world music traditions for which Northern Harmony is famed—songs from the American shape-note and gospel traditions, music from world polyphonic traditions, and dance-songs from South Africa. With Northern Harmony singers supporting each vocal part, the teaching and learning is particularly efficient and gratifying.

Accommodations are at the adjacent Hebden Bridge Hostel, which has six charming four bedded rooms.   Five more plush twin or double rooms are available at the nearby Leeming Wells country house  – http://leemingwells.co.uk/.  Weekend price includes six meals and two nights accommodations.  Commuter price includes lunches and suppers.

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Leaders

Larry Gordon

Village Harmony founder and director LARRY GORDON has been making community music in Vermont since the early 1970s. He founded Village Harmony in 1989, and his patient and relaxed, yet demanding, teaching style and his collaborative approach have shaped the welcoming atmosphere of the Village Harmony community since the beginning. Though his first love was medieval and renaissance music, he is a vital figure in New England shape-note singing, and he is the music editor of the popular Northern Harmony shape-note songbook. Larry is an inspired organizer with an unerring eye for good repertoire and a unique knack of pulling together interesting combinations of singers and letting them shine.  Larry has led Onion River Chorus in Montpelier since the late 1970s, and is well known across the US and internationally for leading stunning periodic ad hoc incarnations of Northern Harmony, a semi-professional tour group made up largely of veteran Village Harmony singers.  Recently he has been devoting increasing time to teaching Balkan folk dancing.

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Northern Harmony Singers

Northern Harmony 2008Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers always share in the teaching at workshops.   Many of them have participated in Village Harmony and Northern Harmony tours since their young teens, and many have studied traditional vocal styles first hand in Georgia, South Africa, Corsica and the Balkans.  Their strong voices supporting each vocal part makes the teaching and learning particularly efficient and gratifying for all.

Venue

Hebden Bridge – Birchcliffe Centre

Birchcliffe Centre, now owned by the Pennine Trust,  is a splendidly restored Baptist Chapel on a hillside location in Hebden Bridge. The main hall is very spacious and has wonderful acoustics.  Accommodations are at the adjacent Hebden Bridge Hostel, with additional more private double and twin rooms at the nearby Leeming Wells country house.