That music inspires creativity requires no convincing. Many of us, whether avid audiophiles, casual radio listeners, music devotees, or aspiring artistes, would have reaped the benefits of music as inspiration.
I encountered Sacred Harp singing 6 years ago when Tim Eriksen featured at Esplanade Singapore’s Tapestry of Sacred Music. Musical Older Daughter & I attended his workshop & were captivated by this tradition of choral music.
Shortly after attending Tim Eriksen’s momentous workshop, we visited family in London for about 2 months. We found the London Sacred Harp and blissfully sang with them once a week for the duration. By the end of that visit, we were well & truly hooked.
Upon return to Singapore, we started the Singapore Shapenote Singers with the hope of introducing this tradition closer to home. We had a number of introductory singings but we remain largely a 2-person endeavour. We visit London every other year for a few months at a time – that is where we get our community singing fix.
Tim Eriksen was scheduled to return to Singapore this month for Tapestry 2020. Elated Older Daughter was invited to prep a choir to sing together with him. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled. Hopefully next year.
Meanwhile, she & I sing together. And with virtual choirs like this: