Village Harmony

Northern Harmony

Led by Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler and based in central Vermont, Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the Village Harmony umbrella. Since 1993 they have toured and performed widely throughout America and Europe to great critical acclaim.

Not a permanent year-round group, the ensemble is constituted specifically for each extended performing tour (typically 7-10 weeks) or shorter term project. The singers include some of the most talented veterans of other Village Harmony performing ensembles. Many of the younger members have sung with Village Harmony since their young teens, and most have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Bulgaria, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia.

Transcending the traditional definition of choral music, the group is particularly renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles, from the hearty and ultra bright Bulgarian “hard voice” to the equally powerful, but darker and more sonorous Georgian timbre, from the rich, mellifluous South African style or the wild and unrestrained American shape-note sound to a delicate, pure, early music timbre.

Northern Harmony’s Fall 2017 Tour will start with a rehearsal week in Vermont in late August 2017 followed by two months touring in the UK, France, Germany and Italy, with a final week of performances in New England in early November.

Our most recent Spring 2016 Tour began in early March with two weeks of rehearsing and performances in Caucasus Georgia. During our our rehearsal period the ensemble worked with Ketevan Mindorashvili, leader of the Zedashe Ensemble to polish our Georgian repertoire. After a series of performances across Georgia the group headed to northern Scotland for the Earthsings singing week in Findhorn, where they were featured teachers and performers.  Then followed two weeks in northern Germany, a month in the UK, and a week of performances at home in New England.

Members of the 2016 tour were Larry Gordon, Ben Sachs-Hamilton, Ben Kurtze, Frank Griggs, Conor Weiss, Lysander Jaffe, Sam Long, Ethan Sudan, Donovan Arthen, Isobel Arthen, Hannah  Levy, Justine Calnan, Zoe Christiansen, Maisie Dolan, Linnea Sablosky, Emma Rothman, plus Ketevan Mindorashvili and Patty Cuyler for the Georgia and Earthsings portions of the tour.

 2016 Northern Harmony Itinerary

Scotland
March 18-25 – Earthsings week at Findhorn Scotland,
https://www.findhorn.org/programmes/111/
March 26 – Glasgow, Hillhead Baptist Church, 7:30
March 28 – Glasgow, afternoon workshop, 1:30-4:30, harry@muldoonspicnic.org.uk

Germany
March 31- Laage, Stadtkirche, 7:30
April 1 – Kröpelin, Stadtkirche, 7:30
April 2 – Laage, Kirchengemeinde 1:30-4:00 pm workshop.
April 2 – Rostock, Heilig Geist Kirche, 7:30
April 3 – Hamburg, Anglikanische Kirche, Zeughausmarkt 22, workshop 1-5pm, Concert 6 pm
April 4 – Hamburg, Steiner School, Altona, concert 7:00
April 5 – Hamburg, Englischekirche,  open shape-note sing with food
April 6 – Visselhövede, Refugee Center
April 7 – Fischerhude, Liebfrauen Kirche, Kirchstraße 11, 28870, 20:00 Uhr, (www.kirche-fischerhude.de)
April 8 – Tarmstedt, Martin-Luther Kirche, Kleine Trift 1, 27412, 20:00Uhr
April 9 – Bad Belzig, St. Marienkirche, Kirchplatz 3,  19:30 Uhr, (0)33841-595 450
April 10 – Bad Belzig, Aula des ZEGG,, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 89, workshop 10-18 Uhr
(0)33841-595 450

UK
April 12 – Market Lavington, Community Hall SN10 4DG, 3:30 pm workshop, 7:30 concert
April 13 – Frome – Steiner Academy, 3 Park Rd. BA11 1EU concert 8:00
April 14 – Bath, American Museum BA2 7BD, concert, 7:30
April 15 – Bath, American Museum BA2 7BD, morning workshop, 10-noon
April 15-17 – Weekend residential workshop at Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Maudlin, Chard TA20 4PA, information: http://northernharmony.pair.com/weekend-workshops/
April 16 – Wooton Fitzpaine, Village Hall, DT6 6ND, 7:30 concert
April 18 – Cossington, Somerset, St Mary Church TA7 8JR, 7:00 concert
April 19 – Kingsdon, Somerset, Village Hall TA11 7LL, 7:30 concert
April 20 – Roadwater, Somerset, Village Hall TA23 0QY, 7:30 concert
April 21 – Chilthorne Domer, Somerset, St. Mary Church BA22 8RD, 7:30 concert
April 22 – Purbeck, Dorset, Kingston Church BH20 5LL, 7:30 concert
April 23 – Milton Abbey, Dorset DT11 0BZ, 10:30-12:30 workshop, 7:30 concert
April 24 – Clungunford, Hereford, St Cuthbert’s Church, SY7 0PN, 2:30-5:00 workshop, 7:00 concert
April 25 – Stourbridge, Elmfield Steiner School, Love Lane DY8 2EA, 7-9 pm workshop
April 26 – Stourbridge, Elmfield Steiner School DY8 2EA, 7:30 concert
April 27- Norwich, St. Luke’s Church NR3 2HF, Evening workshop 6:30-9:30
April 28 – South Walsham, St. Lawrence’s Centre NR13 6DQ 7:30 concert
April 29 – Castle Acre, St James Church, PE32 2AA, 7:30 concert
April 30 – Newark on Trent, Barnbygate Methodist Church NG24 1LS, 2:30-5:30 workshop, 7:30 concert, 01636-700-295
May 1- Lancaster, Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, LA1 3PY, 3:00-5:00 workshop, 7:00 concert
May 2 – Sedbergh, Cumbria, People’s Hall, Howgill Lane,  LA10 5DQ, ceilidh 6-9 pm
May 3 – Hexham. Seaton Sluice Community Centre, Albert Road NE 26 4QX, workshop 3 pm,         Concert 7 pm
May 4 – Allendale, Village Hall, evening ceilidh, 7:30
May 5 – Warkworth, Northumberland, St. Lawrence Church NE65 0UR, 7:30 concert
May 6-7 – Moniave, Dumfries, Moniave Festival, workshop, concert and dance
May 8 – Wrexham, Wrexham Methodist Church LL11 1RY, 2:30-5:00 workshop, 7:00 concert
May 9 – Stroud, Baptist Church hall,  7:00 workshop,
May 10 – Stroud, Holy Trinity Church, concert, 7:30

USA
May 13 – Newton, MA, Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldridge St., 7:30 concert
May 14 – Jamestown, RI, Jamestown Community Center, 41 Conanicus Ave., 3:00-5:30 singing workshop, 5:30 Potluck, 7:30 concert
May 15 – Suffield, Ct, First Church of Christ, 81 High St. 4:00 concert
May 16 – West Cummington, MA, Community Church, 7:30 concert
May 18 – Amherst, MA, Bramble Hill Farm Barn, 7:30 concert
May 20 – Montpelier, VT, Christ Church, 7:30 concert

 

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