Media About Berks Sacred Harp

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Samford University Music Professor Mark Lackey wrote about the 2009 Exeter All-Day Singing in his blog here: http://marklackey.blogspot.com/2009/06/exeter-sacred-harp-singing-capella.html 

“…The contrapuntal texture and intense, focused vocal projection make a wall of sound, and the practice seems to favor making the sound as loud as possible. The music has a strong beat, and many of the singers keep the beat with their arms as they sing. Leaders tend to lead the songs rather quickly, and they also take turns very quickly, so that the sound comes in bursts of just a couple of minutes, with very little pause between…”

He concludes:

“I have also been thinking about how this intense experience (and I’m sure it won’t be my last Sacred Harp singing) will influence my composing. More thoughts about that later. ” ~ML