A few photos from the 2018 All California Sacred Harp Convention….
There were about 150 singers registered each day of the convention, and some people didn’t register so my guess is there were something like 200 people present over the course of each day. At any given time, there were likely to be 125 to 160 singers in the room actually singing. When the photo below was taken, I estimated 125 singers, i.e., we had not reached peak attendance:
And this is a close-up of what it’s like standing in the hollow square and leading a song:
Here’s Judy, a fourth-generation singer from Alabama, encouraging the basses to sing joyfully:
It’s calmer in the back benches, as this photo of the trebles attests — but no matter where you were in the room today, the singing was powerful: