What is Sacred Harp?

Sacred Harp is 200 year old (folk) music from America. Sacred Harp music is sung without any instruments and is divided into four parts: treble, alto, tenor (or lead), and bass. We sing from the book 'The Sacred Harp' (Denson 1991 edition). The music is written in shape notes. This four-note system was traditionally used to teach sight reading to people without musical training and it makes it easy for (beginning) singers to join in. It is passionate, spirited music. We don't perform, we sing as an end in itself. Anyone is welcome to borrow a tune book and sing along. The lyrics are religious (Christian), but the singings have a social character rather than a religious one. It's loud and anyone can join in.


Sacred Harp Singing in America

Sacred Harp Amsterdam

We are a small group of enthusiastic singers in Amsterdam. We all sing from the book 'The Sacred Harp' (Denson 1991 edition); if you don't have one yet, we can provide loaners. We currently (as of September 2022) do not sing regularly, but you can contact us to check if and when we're singing.


🎶 Sacred Harp Singing in Amsterdam 🎶

Do you love singing or just want to give it a try? Come and join us at our Sacred Harp singings!

Here's everything you need to know:

  • When? Every second Sunday of the month.
  • What time? We start at 19:00.
  • Where? At Gist, located at Nieuwe Herengracht 18 in Amsterdam.
  • Cost? A small contribution for the rental of the space.

Good to know:

  • Books: Don’t worry if you don’t have your own Sacred Harp songbook; you can borrow one from us. If you come regularly, there's an option to purchase your own book for €35.
  • After singing: Feel free to stay for a chat with some snacks or a drink (you can also bring something to share). But feel equally free to leave right after the singing. Anything goes!


  • Public transport: From Amsterdam Central Station, Gist is easily accessible by tram or metro. Check 9292ov.nl for the best route.
  • Parking: Affordable parking is available at one of the P+R locations around the city.

Questions or want to participate?

Send an email to: info@sacredharp.nl. Want to stay informed? Let us know, and we’ll add you to our mailing list for automatic updates!

See you on Sunday!