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Shapenote Singing in the City of
Dreaming Spires

Unfortunately the Oxford Singing Day in June 2020 had to be cancelled.

We very much hope that the 2021 date can be kept!

The 2021 date will be Saturday 26th June 2021


For further details, see below, and/or please contact 01865 865773

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Listen to:

The Strand, - BBC World Service, review of First Polish Sacred Harp Convention in Warsaw, in September 2012.  Starts at 11:05 mins.

Discussions on Blogs:

Wed 28 Nov 2012
http://jpkarlsberg.com: Songs of the Sacred Harp on BBC Radio 4.


7 Dec 2012 - Music Takes a Sacred Shape; article in the Church Times by Simon Jones.

7 Dec 2012 -
Cerys Matthews visits Alabama to uncover a sacred choral tradition.


The Sacred Harp website in America is at www.fasola.org which contains a wealth of information for both new and experienced singers.




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Oxford New Road Baptist Church
 in 1799

Sacred Harp singing sessions are on the
 second & fourth
Sundays in every
month, from

3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

The Coach House 
46 Quarry Road 
All - whether learners or experienced - are very welcome!
Further details:
Julie Fox



Oxford All-Day Singing

Saturday 26 June 2021

Botley Women's Institute
Village Hall
North Hinksey Lane, Botley


10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Tea, Coffee and Biscuits available from 9.30 am


Bring and Share Lunch

Donations to cover costs


Evening get together afterwards

Singing from Shenandoah Harmony (packets)

30 Eynsham Road OX2 9BP

Lifts from Oxford Bus and Rail Stations can be arranged
 please contact us


Buses 4, 4a, 4c, U1, S1 and S9 can be picked up from
the centre of Frideswide Square opposite
Oxford Station and the Said Business School

these go to Botley Shops (aka Elms Parade)
which has now been redeveloped.

Alight from the bus at the stop just BEFORE McDonald's,
which is the stop at the traffic lights before the A34 road bridge.
Walk behind McDonald's, turn left at next junction,
the WI hall is about 500 yards on LEFT.
More details below.


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Coaches will take you to the Bus Station in Gloucester Green. The local bus stop for the S1 service up the Botley Road is on the opposite side of the road outside the bus station. Alight at the stop immediately before McDonald's.


IF WALKING from the Bus Station
turn Right on the road outside, go over the cross-roads, and continue walking in a straight line towards the Railway Station. You will arrive in Frideswide Square just before you reach the Station.



The bus stop you require is numbered F2, and is on the south side of Frideswide Square, ie, the side opposite the Railway Station and the Said Business School. Buses 4, 4A, 4C, U1, S1 and S9 can all be picked up from Frideswide Square. [Service No 11 has been withdrawn since last year].

Leave the bus at the stop BEFORE Elms Parade (Botley Shops).

Ask for McDonald's, which is before the A34 bridge over Eynsham Road.

This is where North Hinksey Lane joins Botley Road, and is immediately BEFORE McDonald's. Go along North Hinksey Lane and turn left – this is effectively a cross-roads, the lane is the “main” road with priority.  It is a lane, with intermittent few footpaths. The Hall is on the left, immediately after House No. 34, opposite the Cemetery.


Botley is about a mile from the Station, but walk under the railway bridge and continue until you turn left, behind McDonald's, into North Hinksey Lane. Go along North Hinksey Lane and turn left – this is effectively a cross-roads, the lane is the “main” road with priority. It is a lane, with intermittent few footpaths. The Hall is on the left, immediately after House No. 34


(including access from Bristol/Swindon A420)

Leave the A34 at the Botley Interchange, and turn down the hill towards Oxford. You will be confronted by the traffic lights outside McDonald's.  It is easier to turn RIGHT at these traffic lights, followed by  an IMMEDIATE LEFT, keeping McDonald's on your left.  Travel 300 yards southwards, and join North Hinksey Lane where it turns left. Continue south (ie straight on) as before, the Hall being on the left after House No 34.  Parking is behind the Hall.

Please note:

1. Access to the old shops is now almost impossible from the Hall, because redevelopment of most of the Botley Shops (excepting the frontage) is now well underway. The Co-op and Tesco have re-established themselves in the old buildings at the Oxford end of the site, there being more choice at the Co-op, which is behind Tesco's if you are seeking to purchase food.

2. If using the lane by car when leaving, it is easier to turn RIGHT at the sharp bend, and then turn LEFT around  in order to reach the traffic lights which take you to the A34.


If lost, telephone  Edwin on 07972 680602

How to find us in the evening:

30 Eynsham Road OX2 9BP is just west of the A34 Oxford Bypass, on the B4044 Oxford - Eynsham Road, and just after the road branches at the bottom of Cumnor Hill in the "village" of Botley.

The house is to the north of Eynsham Road, parking in nearby roads, Deanfield Road and Owlington Close. Bus stops for Services S1 and 4C very close to the front door. All the other 4 Services (4, 4A, 4B,) stop at or near the Botley shops, a short walk away!

Location map:

Link to Google Map here 


Link here to a piece of music from the Shenandoah Harmony,
being led by Tom Macclure at Bethnal Green, London, on 16 March 2014.


Monthly Oxford singings

Julie Fox is holding Sacred Haro singing sessions
on the
second and fourth Sundays in every month,
from 3.oo pm to 5.00 pm


The Coach House
46 Quarry Road
Oxford OX3 8NU


Everyone is very welcome!
Music is provided if you do not have your own books.
You do not need to be experienced to attend
Not reading music is not a problem, but some experience
would be most welcome!

Visitors who just want to listen are also most welcome.

A small donation to cover the cost of hiring the hall
would be gratefully received.


For further details, contact Julie Fox

Email: jfox50@me.com

Telephone : 07907-292-408



The American Sacred Harp tradition


What is Sacred Harp? A rather longer explanation can be found here, but essentially it is Shapenote music, an American choral tradition of singing unaccompanied four-part harmony, sometimes referred to as 'sacred folksong', 'White Gospel' music, or even 'Sacred Heavy metal'.


This 200 year-old living tradition came to the UK in the early 1990s, and to Oxford some fourteen years ago. It has recently caught the interest and imagination of singers in several parts of Europe, including Ireland, Poland, Norway, Germany, and not least in London, Bristol and Brighton.   Come and experience it here in Oxford for yourselves!


All welcome at the Headington sessions, from beginners to experienced. There is no need to be able to read music!




Website run by
Sheila and Edwin Macadam
Tel:01865 865773
Email:  shelwin8@tiscali.co.uk