Cecil Sharp House Choir

"The Cecil Sharp House Choir make a rich and nuanced sound, singing vibrant and original arrangements of classic folk songs. I thought they were a revelation at yesterday’s Tapping the Source event!" Pete Flood, musician, composer, percussionist with Bellowhead, and curator of Tapping the Source, Southbank Centre, 3 February 2013

Interested in singing traditional folk music? Come and sing wonderful a cappella folk and traditional songs from the British Isles and beyond!

The choir is run by English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and has English folk song at the heart of its repertoire. It is led by inspirational choir leader, Sally Davies, who composes most of the Choir’s arrangements.

 

Choir performances

Since being formed by EFDSS in April 2008, the Cecil Sharp House Choir has become known for its spirited and moving renditions of traditional songs.

It has gone from strength to strength, performing regularly at Cecil Sharp House, and at a host of other venues and events such as at the British Library, the Southbank Centre (Chorus Festival, Tapping the Source), Voices Now festival at the Roundhouse, the National Maritime Museum, Oslo Musikkfest, and the House of Commons.

 

Future performances

Music of the Sea
(part of the Tall Ships Festival)
Sunday 7 September, 12.50 - 4.30pm
National Maritime Museum
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Festive Gathering
Sunday 21 December, 7pm
Cecil Sharp House
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Recent performances

Spinning Yarns
Saturday 5 July (part of the Yan Tan Tethera Season)
Cecil Sharp House, London
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Museums at Night
Thursday 15 May (part of the Yan Tan Tethera Season)
Cecil Sharp House, London

Chorus Festival
Sunday 6 April
The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

 

Who is the Choir for?

The choir is for confident singers who are able to hold a tune and are keen to perform. It is open to everyone over the age of 16. We do not hold auditions but there is currently a waiting list. Everyone is welcome: there's no need to read music, just a basic ability to sing in tune. Songs are taught by ear so there's no need to read music.

 

When and where does the Choir meet?

Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm
Autumn term: 24 September to 17 December (no session 29 October)
See our Events section for more information
Term fee: £78 | £62 concessions

Please note, the choir is now full for the summer term
. To be placed on the waiting list please contact our Education Administrator Imogen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7485 2206 ext.223. Please note that our waiting list starts afresh each term.

How can I take part?

Contact our Education Administrator Imogen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7485 2206 ext.223.

 

Who leads the Choir?

Sally Davies is a multi-talented vocalist, instrumentalist and composer with over 20 years' experience as a workshop and choral leader. Visit Sally’s website to find out more

 

What will I sing?

The choir concentrates on singing a cappella folk and traditional songs from England and the wider British Isles, with occasional songs from beyond, usually arranged by choir leader, Sally Davies.

Recently they have been singing The Outlandish Knight, Lovely on the Water, The Woodford May Song, Lovely Joan, Mravalzhamier, and many more!

Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

For more information contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 020 7485 2206 ext.223

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