Georgian Singing Workshop with Nino Naneishvili & Supra Meal

25 Jul 2024


Collinwood Road United Reformed Church, Oxford

At this half-day workshop you will learn three-part folk songs from the country of Georgia, and experience the joy of connecting with others through shared sound.

Followed by a Bring and Share Supra Feast. The most authentic setting for song sharing in Georgia is not on the stage but around the table. A supra is a shared ritual meal combining toasts, wine, food and songs, all led by the ‘tamada’ or toast master.

We will sing the songs we’ve learned in the workshop, and Oxford Kalta Choir will share some songs they have been working on this term.

The Workshop Leader

Eminent Georgian ethnomusicologist, singer and choir leader Dr.Nino Naneishvili will be leading an open workshop in Oxford as part of her tour of the UK. This workshop not only introduces traditional folk songs from the Caucasus region, but offers a deeper insight into intonation, melody, musical phrases, folk verses, context and the psychological influences of singing on our body and soul.

Following Nino’s 2023 tour of the UK with her women’s ensemble Ialoni, this promises to be both a profound and thrilling experience.

To hear Nino talk about healing songs and round dances, listen to her interview on the Voices of the Ancestors podcast.


15.00-18.00 Workshop

18.00-19.00 Break/Prep hall and food for supra.

19.00-21.30 Supra

21.30- 22.00 Clear up

Georgian Polyphonic Songs

Georgia is a small country bordering the Black Sea, Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. Its polyphonic music, as well as its unique alphabet, have been recognised by UNESCO as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.

Though small, there is great variety within the different regions of the country, including soothing healing songs, rousing table songs, and reverent chants. These songs touch something deep inside our bodies, reaching down to the earth and back through generations of ancestors.

This workshop offers a way in to learning about these songs, as well as the stories and people behind them. Nino will bring cultural context to this centuries-old tradition.

Singing Level Required

This workshop is open to those who can hold a tune while singing with others. No previous experience of Georgian music is required, and you do not need to be able to read music. If you already know many Georgian songs, this workshop offers a new perspective on them.

Event details


25 Jul 2024


15.00 – 22.00


Collinwood Road United Reformed Church
Oxford OX3 8HW



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