Street Choirs Festival 2017


Lakeland Voices, who are celebrating 20 years of singing in Kendal, look forward to welcoming you all to this year's street choirs festival in our town.

Lakeland Voices on the banks of the river Kent in Kendal

The main events will be in the Kendal Leisure Centre hall which seats 900 - the busking, massed sing and workshops are in venues throughout the town, many of which are used by our Street performers festival, Mintfest. As well as the main hall, the Kendal Leisure centre has an inexpensive swimming pool with showers - useful if you are camping.

The Friday concert with Coope Boyes and Simpson, K-Shoes Male Voice Choir, Lakeland Voices, and others starts at 7.30pm - singers can collect their wrist band tickets for the weekend from the Leisure Centre from 4pm on Friday or early on Saturday morning. The Friday concert is included in the cost of the weekend. 

Coope Boyes and Simpson
The Saturday massed choir workshop starts at 9.15am in the Leisure Centre - followed by a walk at 12noon along the old canal, past the allotments and over the footbridge over the river Kent to the Brewery Arts Centre (or take bus or car.)  

The massed sing in Kendal town centre outside the Brewery Arts Centre is at 12.30pm followed by busking around town in 20 venues which include outside the Library, in the Market Place, on Finkle Street, outside Waterside by the river, outside Abbot Hall gallery, at the "Birdcage" in the centre of town, at the Castle and in several parks. 

The Saturday evening concert with the visiting choirs each performing a short set is from 5pm in the Leisure Centre. Followed by a party in the bar.

The Sunday morning one hour workshops are from 9.30am and 11:15am  in different venues around Kendal (including the Brewery Arts Centre, Castle Street Centre, Town Hall, and Abbot Hall Social Centre) - which include singing workshops with Faith Watson, Ali Burns, Kirsty Martin, Janet Russell (Songs of Hope and Ecology,) Jamie MacDowell (Director of the Kendal Alexander Technique School,)  followed by a picnic on Gooseholme ending at 2.30pm. 

Lakeland Voices community choir 

There will also be smaller pre-festival events at Rydal on Thursday evening with local choirs, and a post-festival event later on Sunday afternoon and evening in the Little and Great Langdale valleys, with singing in a vast Lake District cave and country pub.

We have now reached our maximum number of singers attending for the capacity of the main hall we are using - The Kendal Leisure Centre - but any individuals or choirs who would like to apply at this late stage are welcome to do so on the off chance that we will have cancellations.

There may also be some places available for the Friday evening concert with Coope Boyes and Simpson on Friday June 23 in the Kendal Leisure Centre. 

Singing in Little Langdale
A list of group accommodation in Kendal and nearby is available on this website by clicking here. The Kendal Rugby Club are also offering camping on their field using their facilities for £5 per tent or £10 per campervan or caravan. We also occasionally get information about bed and breakfast accommodation in Kendal which is still available (most has already been booked by visiting singers) and can help with that if necessary. And some choirs who have booked whole hostels sometimes offer space in their hostel for other singers. Please get in touch if you need help. 

1.  Tynedale choir (Hexham)
2.  Bradford Voices
3.  Bennett Women's choir (Rivington, near Manchester)
4.  Honest Singers (Musselborough)
5.  Monton Voices community choir (Manchester)
6.  Knot Another Choir (Knaresborough)
7.  Ilkley Moor Notes
8.  Sing Meanwood (Leeds) 
9.  Bury Acapeelers
10. Leeds People's Choir
11. Manchester Community Choir
12. Secret Singers (Ribble Valley)
13. Sheffield Socialist choir
14. Three Valleys choir (Todmorden)
15. Pales Peace Choir 
16. Preston People's Choir
17. Kadenza (Bolton)
18. Caedmon choir (Gateshead)
19. Calder Valley Voices (Hebden Bridge)
20. Whitby Community Choir
21. Red Leicester
22. Protest in Harmony (Edinburgh)
23. East Lancs Clarion Choir
24. Aint What You Do (Walton on the Wolds)
25. Forgotten Voices (Barlby, Yorkshire)
26. Craigie Choir (Perth)
27. Fellside Singers (Kendal)
28. Settle Voices 
29. Lakeland Voices (Kendal)
30. Penrith Community Choir
31. Wrexham Community Choir
32. Otley Singers
33. Cor Gobaith (Aberystwyth)
34. Silsden Singers (from near Skipton)
35. Raised Voices (London) 
36: Hullabaloo (Brighton)
37. Birmingham Clarion Singers
38. Corista
39. Nottingham Clarion Choir
40. Open Voice choir (Manchester)

Little Langdale
Great Langdale 

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