Annual eventsOur regular annual events include:
Tuesday evenings from September 8th, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Castle Street Community Centre, Kendal. Lakeland Voices - a community choir.
Open for all to join regardless of previous singing experience . Learn songs in harmony from Britain and around the world by ear (no need to worry if you can?t read music) in easy going sessions, with warm ups, songs from easy rounds to more challenging four part harmony, and summer and midwinter outings into the Lake District to sing in spectacular settings such as candlelit caves, by waterfalls and round the fires of country pubs.
November 13th - 15th - Singing Settle Carlisle.
Learning and singing songs about the building of the magnificent Settle-Carlisle line - and singing them on the train, in the stations (including the Ribblehead Station Settle Carlisle museum) and on walks beside the railway line.
There will also be a Saturday night concert at Chapel le Dale church with the fabulous Settle Voices and singing round the fire in pubs frequented by former railwaymen.
Accommodation is provided at Gearstones Lodge at Ribblehead within sight of the famous Ribblehead viaduct, the Settle Carlisle museum at Ribblehead station, and the Station Inn, and a short walk to our concert at Chapel le Dale church where over 400 of the navvies who built the line, and the women and children who lived and died with them, are buried. Walks will include following the line from Ribblehead over the tunnel through Blea Mor to Dentdale.
The weekend costs £95 which includes two nights hostel accommodation, all meals and refreshments, singing workshops, walks and train fares. (£79 each if coming with a group of more than 5 singers.) The hostel is within walking distance of Ribblehead station on the Settle Carlisle line. Lift shares can also be arranged.
December 4th - 6th Sedbergh and Dentdale Folk Carols Festival.
Our fabulous annual festival is always well attended and includes a varied programme of workshops to learn the old folk carols sung in churches in the Yorkshire dales and also in pubs throughout Yorkshire and Derbyshire. We have in the past also enjoyed Slovene carols from visiting choirs and other musical entertainments, Cave singing in the Rydal caves (followed by a rousing pub sing round the fires of the Badger Bar,) and the White Scar caves near Ingleton as part of our festival Singing Walk.
The Concert on Friday night (8pm) in the Dent Memorial Hall with The Gladly Solemn Sound choir, Thomas Hardy stories with fiddlers, and visiting choirs. Followed by singing in the pub.
The Workshops on Saturday in the Dent Meditation Centre (am) and the Dent Memorial Hall (pm), and on Sunday morning in a Dentdale farm house, will include West Gallery carols with Paul Guppy, Yorkshire Dales pub carols with David Burbidge, Slovenian carols and carols from the middle ages to today.
Pub singing will include songs which everyone can join in with and also ones from visiting groups and individuals. Be prepared for pleasant surprises!
Our festive midwinter Singing Walk will include songs which everyone can join in with as well as songs from visiting choirs - referred to last year by a visiting Scottish choir as: "Extreme Carolling!"
Accommodation is available in farmhouses we have rented near to Dent and includes single, double and twin rooms in cottages for between 7 and 12 people with open fires.
Cost: Concert: £5. Workshops and walk (including White Scar entrance ticket) £10 each. Pub singaround - free. Saturday early evening meal and singing/dancing/music/story night - £10. Whole weekend without accommodation and meals £49. And with hostel accommodation and all meals - £95.
Lift shares can be arranged including pickups from local stations (Oxenholme west coast line (9 miles) or Dent on the Settle Carlisle line (4 miles.)
To keep costs low we request some help over the weekend with serving, clearing and washing up meals.
To book please send a 50 pound deposit per person for each weekend - cheques made payable to David Burbidge and sent to the address on my contact page.