Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Not sure which song to call?

At our monthly singings in Ikebukuro, we usually go round the square taking turns choosing which song to sing next.  Of course you're always welcome to "pass", especially if it's your first time, but if you do want to call and are not sure which song to choose, here are some of the most popular among our regulars:

33b Abbeville
34b St. Thomas
38t Winter
47t Primrose
47b Idumea
49t Old Hundred
49b Mear
86 Poland
146 Hallelujah
147t Boylston
162 Plenary
178 Africa
276 Bridgewater
277 Antioch
287 Cambridge
347 Christian's Farewell
350 Nativity
448t Consecration
452 Martin
457 Wayfaring Stranger
503b Lloyd

We've sung all of these at least three times in the past, and there's a good chance we'll be able to get through them with little or no trouble.  If you've never called or led a song before, please give one of these a try!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Upcoming Singings in Ikebukuro (2017)

Here are the dates for our upcoming third Thursday singings in Ikebukuro:

February 16th
March 30th*
April 20th
May 18th
June 15th
July 20th
August (vacation)
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
December  (date TBC)

*Please note that our March singing is on the 30th, which is a change from our usual third Thursdays.

We meet at the Ikebukuro Anglican Church (池袋聖公会) from 7-9pm.  We're not strict about time, so just stop by whenever you can.

As always, newcomers are welcome, books are provided, no experience is necessary, and it's free!   

If this is your first encounter with Sacred Harp, please take a look at the following links for more information:

First Time at a Sacred Harp Singing?


We hope to sing with you soon! 

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Bilingual flyer updated for 2017

Singings still the third Thursday of the month in 2017, but in March, it's the fifth Thursday, March 30, and there's no singing in August.
Flyer here. チラシはここです。

Monday, 17 October 2016

Upcoming Singings in Ikebukuro (October to December 2016)

Here are the dates for our upcoming third Thursday singings in Ikebukuro:

October 20th
November 17th
December 15th

Newcomers are always welcome, books are provided, it's completely free, and no experience is necessary, so please don't hesitate to join us even if you've never sung in public before.  Bring a friend!

As always, we'll meet at the Ikebukuro Anglican Church (池袋聖公会) from 7-9pm.  We're not strict about time, so just stop by whenever you can.  At least one of us will be there from about 6:30, so you're also welcome to come early to help set up or just chat.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sacred Harp Mini-Workshop

30-min Sacred Harp mini-workshop
Sat., July 30, 2016
Agnes Summer Festival
St. Agnes Anglican Episcopal Church
1-58-8 Minami-magome
Ota-ku, Tokyo 143-0025
143-0025 東京都大田区南馬込1-58-8

No singing in August ・8月は休み

Singing will resume on Thursday, September 15.
Flyer at

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sacred Harp Lecture at ICU

【5/20 (Fri.) Open Lecture with workshop】
"American Sacred Harp Singing"
May 20 (Fri.) 18:00 〜20:00 at ICU Chapel  

Lecturer: Tim Cook, Conductor of shape-note workshops and singing of the Sacred Harp

Lecture in English and Japanese Admission Free
Everyone is welcome to sing or listen. No experience necessary.

2016年5月20日(金)18:00 〜20:00 大学礼拝堂
講師:ティム・クック (セイクレッド・ハープ研究家)

 19 世紀初頭、アメリカ南部の農村や西部開拓地では、合唱を教える移動式の歌唱学校(Singing School) が流行し、定期的に合唱会(Singing)が開催され、力強いアカペラ4 部合唱が楽しまれていました。合唱会で使われていたのが分厚い長方形の歌集(Song book) で、その楽譜には三角、四角、菱形、円のシェイプ・ノート(Shape note) と言われる音符が用いられています。1844 年に出版された『セイクレッド・ハープ(The Sacred Harp)』は代表的な歌集で、それに因み、この歌唱法を セイクレッド・ハープと呼ぶようになりました。
*The Sacred Harp is a collection of early American sacred songs
written in shape notes and sung in robust, unaccompanied four-part harmony.

From Facebook page of
ICU Sacred Music Center/国際基督教大学宗教音楽センター