Music

A Brief Introduction to Georgian Singing

Georgian folk music is a living yet ancient tradition. Most songs, both sacred and secular, are sung unaccompanied in three-part harmony, symbolically associated with the Trinity. Unlike western music, the Georgian scale is based on the fifth rather than the octave. There are considerable regional differences in singing styles, and some songs, particularly from the Caucasus Mountains in the north of the country, are known to date from pre-Christian times.
Singing is an essential component of Georgia's legendary hospitality and comprises a major part of the Georgian feast or supra. A supra can last for several hours and will include long and eloquent toasts, each followed by an appropriate song. There is considerable interest in Georgian singing among the young people of the country and all the major choirs support youth choirs of a high standard, whose members keep the tradition going.

Choirs singing Georgian music in the UK

Maspindzeli

London

http://www.maspindzeli.org.uk/index.htm

Georgian Harmony Association

Abingdon

http://www.georgianharmony.org.uk/index.html

Chela

Cambridge

derekjwilcox[at]hotmail.com

Samzeo

Leeds

www.myspace.com/Samzeo

The Voice Box

Derby

beth[at]kaleidoscope-music.org.uk

Torola

Edinburgh

jane[at]schonveld.freeserve.co.uk

Harmonise

Edinburgh

jane[at]schonveld.freeserve.co.uk

Singers and Seekers

Edinburgh

alison[at]amblerp.freeserve.co.uk

Lake Land Voice

Cumbria

www.lakelandvoice.co.uk

Eastern Voices

Bristol

easternvoices[at]naturalvoice.net

Global Harmony

Devon

rozwalker[at]naturalvoice.net

Singing in the Round

Bath

Candy[at]CandyVerney.co.uk

The Northern Georgian Society

Yorkshire

www.northerngeorgiansociety.co.uk

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Drinking Song by Shavnabada