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History of the Annual Conventions
 

United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention

First started in 1996 and referred to as Shapenote Conventions, the first three years were two book singings, aimed at attracting all those who had been taught by Larry Gordon and brought up on Northern Harmony. An introductory day was organised in 1995 at the earliest of the Finstock singings, led by Robin Fox and Mary O’Reilly, both of Minnesota.

For the first two years the Annual convention was held in Woodside Hall,  Hitchin, Herts., before moving on to Beeston Youth Community Centre, nr. Nottingham for three years; Cumnor Old School and Cumnor Village Hall, nr. Oxford for two years and one year respectively;  the Letchworth Methodist Church Hall, Herts., for two years; Henry Box School, Witney, Oxfordshire, for two years; and the Mechanics Institute, Marsden, West Yorkshire for the last two years of its then fourteen year history. Subsequent years have seen an annual move of the convention location to venues in Northamptonshire, South Yorkshire, Berkshire,  Co. Durham, Central London, and Bristol.

Guest Leaders from the States have included Richard deLong, Ginnie Ely, Robin Fox, David Lee, Bruce Randall, Shelbie Sheppard, and Matt Wojcik.

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East Midlands Sacred Harp Convention

First started in 2002 by the group who had arranged the three preceding UK Conventions at Beeston, the East Midlands Sacred Harp Convention became the first two-day singing using both the Denson and the Cooper Books, the latter having been introduced earlier the previous year at local singings.

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