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Saturday 15th January 2022

A workshop of songs from the Republic of Georgia

— St Anne's Church, Greenbank
Learn Georgian polyphony with Anthony Johnston, leader of Borjghali Georgian Choir
price: Headfirst Tickets


The Republic of Georgia, in the Caucasus mountains, boasts a rich and ancient tradition of complex polyphony. Like Georgia itself, the music sits at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, yet has its own, truly unique character. It blends challenging, dissonant and microtonal chords with sweet and lyrical close harmonies. Ancient pagan, Shamanic ritual songs with soaring liturgical chants. Powerful work songs, rousing wedding songs, and modern, composed songs all continue this music into the present day.

The workshop is open to all, and there is no need to read music, know the language, or have previous experience. Songs will be taught by ear. Anthony is a highly experienced workshop and choir leader with a patient teaching style, and there will be experienced singers on hand to help and support newcomers, so you are guaranteed a warm welcome and an enjoyable introduction to this beautiful music.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided free of charge.


It is important to us that this event be accessible to all who wish to participate. If you have any specific accessibility needs, please let us know when booking, and we will contact you to discuss your requirements.


It is requested that all participants be double vaccinated, unless medically exempt. Please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms. All participants must take a lateral flow test within 24 hours prior to the event. Please do not attend if you test positive. Please inform the event organiser if you test positive for Covid19 within one week of attending the event. Masks will not be worn while singing, but are encouraged at other times. Social distancing is not mandatory, but participant numbers will be managed to permit this. Lanyards will be made available for the use of anyone who wishes to maintain a one metre plus distance. Please respect the wishes of anyone requesting this.

In the event that it proves necessary to postpone the workshop due to changes in government advice or other circumstances beyond the organiser's control, an alternative date will be offered at the earliest opportunity. Should you be unable to make the alternative date, a full refund will be made up to two weeks prior. No refund can be made within two weeks of the event.

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A workshop of songs from the Republic of Georgia at St Anne's Church, Greenbank in Bristol
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