Four-Part Harmony meets Heavy Metal*

Bergbau Museum Bochum – Germany’s largest mining museum

I’m an Ami expat living in Bochum who enjoys singing shapenote hymns from an old hymnal called the Sacred Harp. In this case, the “harp” is the human voice, and I miss getting together with like-minded folks who also enjoy four-part a cappella singing in this style.

Okay, you say, but these are Christian hymns and I’m not a Christian. That’s not a problem. Check out some of the samples that are linked from the home page here. If the style and the sound appeal to you, let me know anyway. You don’t have to be religious to sing these hymns. No one will try to convert you or preach to you. We leave our doctrines at the door. If you are religiously inclined, that’s fine too. Sacred Harp singers respect each other’s spiritual “space” and just enjoy the sound.

This type of singing is not performance-driven. Amateurs and professionals alike can participate. The key word here is “participate”. Sacred Harp is meant to be sung and enjoyed by singers. Listeners are welcome, but my main purpose here is to form a group, not to perform for an audience. I don’t have a time or a place to meet yet, but if you are interested, you can contact me at alosaf1 (at) gmail (dot) com, and we can start making arrangements to meet and sing.

Henrichshutte Steel Works, Hattingen

*The “heavy metal” in the page title is a nod to Bochum’s heritage as a center of the coal and steel industries, though Sacred Harp Singing has been referred to as “a cappella heavy metal

Jahrhunderthalle Bochum – Bochum’s “Century Hall” Foundry

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3 Responses to Four-Part Harmony meets Heavy Metal*

  1. Hamburg says:

    Hello everyone, we have made a few changes to our Sacred Harp Hamburg website. Most of this has been done with a view to providing information about the First Germany Convention in May. If anyone wants to register for the convention, please use the registration form at the site. http://sacredharphamburg.weebly.com/convention-2014.html

    The site is a work-in-progress and we will be adding more information as time progresses. With this in mind, constructive comments, wishes and donations of any kind are more than welcome. We are aware of the fact that we did not give you much time to plan for this one but we hope some of you will be able to make it over anyway.

    Love,
    sacredharphamburg@gmail.com

  2. Katrin Behrenbeck says:

    Hallo aus Bochum!

    Ich bin durch Zufall auf sacred harp singing gestoßen und suche gerade nach Möglichkeiten, das mal auszuprobieren und kennenzulernen.
    Über Facebook bekam ich den Tipp, mich an dich zu wenden, würde mich über eine Nachricht freuen.

    Viele Grüße,
    Katrin

    • Hallo Katrin,

      Leider habe ich keine Gesangsgruppe hier in Bochum gegründet. Ich hatte für ein Paar Jahren Gesundheitsprobleme, die meine Stimme beeinträchtigt hatten, und seitdem hatte ich auch nicht die Möglichkeit mit eine Gruppe aus der Region mitzusingen. Vielleicht können wir zusammen versuchen, eine Gruppe hier in Bochum zu gründen. Kennst Du andere Sänger, die eventuell auch Interesse an einer Gruppe teilzunehmen haben würden?

      Sonst bin ich diese Woche auch “außer Gefecht”, weil ich krank bin. Ich würde gerne dieses Blog wiederbeleben, und auch live wieder mitsingen, wenn es die Möglichkeit gibt. Vielleicht kannst Du in der Zwischenzeit versuchen, die Gruppe aus Köln zu besuchen? Lass uns in Kontakt bleiben, und dann sehen wir weiter, sobald ich wieder fit bin.

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