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A River Rather Than a Road The Community Choir as Spiritual Experience

by Sarah Morgan, June Boyce-Tillman

Part of the Music and Spirituality Series

A River Rather Than a Road The Community Choir as Spiritual Experience Synopsis

This book is an auto-ethnographic account of the development of a charismatic community choir leader. It brings together management literature and a survey of the community choir scene with the development of community choir leadership. It provides a useful introduction to the sustaining of community choirs, including the use of English folksong material in this context. Some useful arrangements of folk songs are included. Community singing events are described with helpful advice on setting up and managing these. It presents a useful model of the range of skills necessary for aspiring community choir leaders. This is linked with the formation of a community that contains spiritual elements; this is theorized in relation to the role of the parish church in communal singing. It also discusses the two aesthetics of choral singing and the relationship between oral and literate traditions. The book arises from the engagement of the University of Winchester in partnership with the local community, which is theorized.

Book Information

ISBN: 9783034322652
Publication date: 29th July 2016
Author: Sarah Morgan, June Boyce-Tillman
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 184 pages
Categories: Sacred & religious music, History: specific events & topics,

About Sarah Morgan, June Boyce-Tillman

Sarah Morgan DProf, who died from cancer aged sixty-five in 2013, was a linchpin of the English traditional folk scene. She was born in Epsom, Surrey, into an RAF family and worked in teaching, horse-riding instruction, youth training and management training. She founded community choirs in Winchester and Andover with English folk music at the heart of their repertoires - including many of her own arrangements. This book is based on her professional doctorate, which was awarded to her posthumously by the University of Winchester. Material from it was presented at Cecil Sharp House in London, the headquarters of the English ...

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