Folk songs from South Africa singing weekend in Salisbury

13 Sep 2024—15 Sep 2024


Sarum College

Sarum College is based in historic grade I-listed buildings in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close. It’s a five-minute walk from the High Street with shops, cafes and a twice-weekly market. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the railway station.

South African folk singing, which has influenced both struggle and African church music, is essentially an oral tradition. It is learnt by ear and transmitted from singer to listener from one region to the next, through marriages, concerts, conferences and other forms of meeting. Folk music is normally sung a cappella. The robust, full tonality of the voice is more than sufficient to carry the song, no instruments are needed. Most folk songs are in four-part harmony with a short, simple A-B structure repeated several times with a leading voice, rather than a conductor, guiding the performance

We will learn a range of different styles of South African folk songs (some with movement!) including church songs, songs from the isicathamiya tradition (made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo) and protest songs from the apartheid era. Everything will be taught by ear (no need to read music!). No previous experience needed – just bring yourself and have a go. Whether you’ve only ever sung in the shower, or you’re already in a choir, there will be something here for everyone – all in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There will be a break on the Saturday afternoon to explore Salisbury which has several interesting walks, or you could explore the cathedral or even go shopping!

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Event details


13 Sep 2024—15 Sep 2024


All day/more than one day


Sarum College
19 The Close
Salisbury SP1 2EE

Run by

From £225 to £285 per person - full board plus tuition


The weekend runs from 5pm Friday to 2pm Sunday.