Street Choirs Festival Kendal 2023
Jan 2023

Author: David Burbidge


The main events will be in the Kendal Leisure Centre hall which seats just under 1,000 and include the concert on Friday evening, a massed choir rehearsal with all the singers together on Saturday morning, and a concert on Saturday evening with each choir performing a short set separately.

The massed sing will be outside the Brewery Arts Centre at Saturday lunchtime (following a procession from the Leisure Centre – or by wheelchair or bus for those unable to walk), the busking on Saturday afternoon and singing workshops on Sunday morning will be in venues throughout the town including the Brewery Arts Centre. The picnic will be given out from the Castle Street Community Centre and eaten in the park by the river.

Massed singing outside the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

The Friday concert 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 Saturday massed choir workshop starts at 9.15am in the Leisure Centre. 
The massed sing in Kendal town centre outside the Brewery Arts Centre is at 12.30pm followed by busking around town between 1:20 and 4:20pm. 
The Saturday evening concert with the visiting choirs each performing a short set is from 5pm in the Leisure Centre. 
The Sunday morning workshops are from 9.30am  in different venues around Kendal followed by a picnic ending c. 2.30pm. 
Kendal has numerous B&Bs, hotels, AirBnB and camping (please email for details)  – and there are more venues within a short distance of the town.
There will also be a smaller optional post-festival event later on Sunday afternoon with singing in a vast Lake District cave, an optional wild swim, and pub singing.

To book each choir needs to send a £50 booking fee (cheques made payable to Howgills Harmony and sent c/o David Burbidge, Smithy cottage, Farfield, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW – or if paying by internet bank transfer please send me an email for bank details – )

Singers within these choirs (or coming independent of a choir) book individually by paying £39 (or £29 if unable to pay the full fee.) We are using an automatic ticketing service – Snappy Tickets – and you can buy your tickets using a credit or debit card by clicking

Choirs who have already booked include: Bentham Voices, Bradford Voices, Bury Acapeelers, Caedmon choir, Calder Valley Voices, Cairn Chorus, Cor Cochrane, Cor Gobaith, Corista, Heaton Voices, East Lancs Clarion Choir, Fellside Singers, Ferry Blend, Free Range Choir, Growing Singers, Honest Singers, Ilkley Moor notes, Islington Community Choir, Kadenza, Lakeland Voices, Leeds Peoples, Liverpool Socialist Singers, Manchester Community Choir, North London Collective, Nottingham Clarion Choir, Open Voice, Pales Peace Choir, Preston Peoples Choir, Raised Voices, Red Leicester, Rivington Rebels, Sea Green Singers, Settle Voices, Sheffield Socialist choir, Silsden Singers, Sound Women, Tadhamon Singers, South Lakes Acapella, Three Valleys Gospel Choir, Tynedale community choir, and Whitby Community Choir.

You can read descriptions of the choirs here:

Workshops leaders include Ali Burns, Faith Watson, Anna Tabbush, Rose Hodgson, Lucky Moyo, Janet Russel, Rebecca Denniff, Paul Guppy, Tadhamon Singers, Tony Bennett, Campaign choirs…and many others. You can read about the workshops here: and if you have paid to join the festival , you can sign up to the workshop of your choice in July.

The Leisure Centre Bar is open Friday from 6:30-9:30pm & Saturday 6.30pm-1am
The Brewery Arts Centre cafe/bar is open Sunday 08:30am-1pm

You can see most of the songs we will be doing in the massed sing on Saturday morning here

There is an optional post-festival event in the Lake District on Sunday afternoon. 


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