Chance to hear one of the musical wonders of world

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GEORGIAN Folk singing represents the oldest tradition of polyphonic singing in the world predating Christianity even.

And on Saturday 26 March, people from across the Whitby area will get the chance to try it for themselves at a special workshop.

Polyphonic music is music where two separate apparently opposing strands or voices intertwine as opposed to a single thread.

Bach’s music often represents this form.

In Georgian Polyphony, particularly in the healing songs and liturgical pieces, this produces an ethereal and elevating musical experience.

The healing songs are used directly as medicine.

Singers will be called in to sing special songs around the bed of the sick child, designed to make peace with the negative forces holding illness and to allow the healing forces to enter in.

Nana Mzhavanadze from Tbilisi in Georgia is a master singer and teacher.

Her voice can only be described as heavenly.

She is now running workshops and putting on concerts all over the world and will be visiting Whitby this Saturday.

There are still a few places left on a workshop of Georgian Polyphony which Nana will lead tomorrow from 10am to 4pm at 3b Enterprise Way, Whitby.

People can also have a chance to hear the Akvani Trio, which Nana leads, tomorrow at a concert in Goathland village church starting at 7.30pm.

For more information call James Fearnley on (01947) 602346.