SETTLE CARLISLE CAROLS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 – 2020
|Steam train on Ribblehead ViaducT
We’re steaming off on the Settle Carlisle railway this Saturday singing Folk Carols in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony with singers from several choirs (including Lakeland Voices, Bentham Voices, Keighley Road Jolly Wassaillers, and Settle Voices.)
Don’t forget to bring warm festive clothes, books of words, cheery voices, packed lunch to eat on train, flasks etc.
Here are the times:
9.30am – warm up and a few songs in Settle Station (north bound platform)
10:07 – singing on train north to Appleby – singing in station
11:30 – singing in Midland Hotel bar next to Appleby station.
13:06 – train south to Ribblehead – and more singing! arriving 13:45
13:48 – singing other choirs coming from Settle at Ribblehead station and Station inn
16:43 – all singers onto the southbound train from Ribblehead to Settle
16:58 – arrive at Settle, short walk to the Royal Oak pub for singing with Janet Russell and Settle Voices.
19:00 – finish – or join us for supper in the pub
I have a group train ticket – so please get in touch with me if you haven’t already to let me know you’re coming.
|Keighley Road Jolly Wassaillers at Ribblehead
Settle Carlisle singers in Ribblehead Station
DENT FOLK CAROLS WEEKEND – Friday December 4-6 2020
This weekend has been running now for over 20 years, in the old cobbled village of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales – which has 2 pubs, two very good village halls, a couple of churches, a village shop – and a fine tradition of folk singing and music.
Singers staying for the weekend can arrive at their cottages from 4pm – there is an evening meal for everyone who has booked for the weekend in the cottages at 6pm – those who are not staying in the cottages will join singers there – I will send details later.
After the meal, we have a concert at 7.30pm on the Friday night with Mulldoon’s Picnic, Lakeland Voices and guests in the village hall, followed by singing in the pub afterwards.
|Muldoon’s Picnic harmony singing group – Friday concert
Saturday Dec. 7 – 10am and 2.30pm – Workshops in the Dent Meditation Centre learning folk carols by ear – Sheffield pub carols, old carols, west gallery carols, mediaeval carols, shape note carol, and more. Lunch is in the cottages. Lunch in the cottages.
Saturday Dec.7 – 7.30 pm meal in Dent Memorial Hall – followed by carols ceilidh, dances and songs. In the Dent Memorial Hall.
Sunday Dec.8 – 10am-12:30pm – Slovenian carols….and other carols from afar. Singing workshop in the Dent Meditation Centre
Sunday Dec. 8 – 1.30pm Singing walk taking our carols up Dentdale with stops for singing by waterfalls, in woods, and on the open fellside (with some refreshment.) Ending with afternoon tea round the fire c. 5pm.
|Harmony singing workshops in the Dent Meditation Centre
Many singers have been coming for some time and we are able to have several informal sings of about 20 folk carols in 3 and 4 part harmony which in the past have included well known folk carols such as the Boars Head, the Gloucestershire Wassail, and Gaudete, as well as Sheffield pub carols like Old Foster and Pentonville, carols from Cornwall like Lo, the Eastern Sages Rise, carols from other countries such our twin town in Slovenia: Glej zvezdice bozje, Bozje nam je rojen sin, and Sveta Noc, the Neapolitan bagpipers’ carol, and many other carols from far and near, chorus and solo songs.
I will send recordings of these songs in advance along with written music when you book, and word books so that even those who haven’t been before can easily join the pub singing. Last year’s songs included Shepherds Arise and Awake Ye Mortals All – this year Diadem and Curly Hark.
On Saturday during the day, and on Sunday morning, we have harmony singing workshops with folk carols in the Dent Meditation Centre, a stunning conversion of an old chapel in the village, with carols and seasonal songs in 3 and 4 part harmony, as well as a good vocal warm ups and easy to learn rounds and shorter songs.
|Carols ceilidh in the Dent Memorial Hall – Saturday evening
On Saturday night we also have a meal and carols ceilidh with singing and dancing in the village hall – and on Sunday afternoon after lunch we go for a singing walk down the valley singing in places of beauty and occasionally outside the cottages of the warm hearted Dalesfolk who live here.
In the past we have also sung on the cobbled main street in the village when children come by on a donkey (occasionally with sheep too) with the lass playing Mary knocking on the pub doors and asking if there’s any room in the inn – though this tradition has lapsed since the leader of the play retired.
|Early morning in Dent
Accommodation is provided in double and twin rooms in almost a dozen holiday cottages we have rented in the village, and meals are eaten together in the village hall.
We plan to end at 5pm on the Sunday with afternoon tea by the fire in our biggest cottage – but many singers may choose to stay on for the Sunday night to make travel easier on Monday morning – or just enjoy each other’s company in the pub and in their cottages. A Sunday evening meal is not included – but many singers choose to eat together in one of the pubs. Cottages need to be vacated by 9:45am on Monday, December 9. After which we can meet for coffee in Meadowside cafe in Dent – some singers are catching the 12:10 train from Dent station south.
|Folk Carols singing walk – Sunday 1:30pm
The price for the weekend with accommodation for up to three nights in cosy and luxurious cottages within the village, with all the meals, concert, workshops, ceilidh, singing walk, refreshments, music in advance, etc. is £175
To book – just send a deposit for the full amount – please include contact details and the name of the event with your cheque (made payable to David Burbidge and sent to Smithy Cottage, Farfield, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW.) You can also email me for bank details for internet transmer, and for more information firstname.lastname@example.org (NB only one R in Burbidge).
Singers who wish to camp or who live locally are welcome to come for the non- residential rate of £105, or those who only wish to come for one day or individual sessions pay £8.50 for the concert, and £20 for morning or afternoon workshops, singing walk and ceilidh.
KENDAL STREET CHOIRS FESTIVAL – JUNE 23-25 2017
The Kendal street choirs festival will be June 23-25, 2017 – the main events will be in the Kendal Leisure Centre hall which seats just under 1,000 – the busking, massed sing and workshops in venues throughout the town, many of which are used by our Street performers festival, Mintfest.
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 9.30am in the Leisure Centre.
The massed sing in Kendal town centre is at 12.30pm followed by busking around town.
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 9.45am in different venues around Kendal followed by a picnic ending c. 2.30pm.
I can send details of group accommodation in Kendal and nearby if your choir would like the pick of the best – and there are copious B&Bs, hotels and campsites nearby.
There will also be a smaller post-festival event later on Sunday afternoon and evening near Rydal Water and Grasmere, with singing in a vast Lake District cave, an optional wild swm, and pub singing.
To book each choir needs to send a £40 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.) Please include with your booking – both in a letter with the cheque and in an email – this information
1) the name of your choir,
2) name of the choir rep.,
3) phone numbers and email addresses,
4) address of the choir, and if you know it
5) the address where you are staying in Kendal (if known).
6) Number of expected singers who are coming to Kendal
7) if you would like to join a pre- and post- festival event in the Lake District on Thursday evening 6-9pm on June 22, and Sunday late afternoon (4-8pm) June 25.
Singers within these choirs book by paying £38 (or £28 if on a very low income) in January. This will be collected by the choir reps and then sent here.
There are pre- and post- festival events in the Lake District – Thursday evening 6-9pm singing alongside local choirs outside the Britannia Inn in Elterwater and Little Langdale. And Sunday evening 4-8pm singing in Rydal and the Badger Bar.
KENDAL STREET CHOIRS FESTIVAL – JUNE 23-25, 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.
Sound files for the songs we are singing in the Massed Sing on Saturday morning are now available on SoundCloud.com – just click here
There is also now Facebook site for the festival with information and discussion – click here
|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.
There is free parking at the Centre for 200 cars, with 10 disabled parking spaces, and also free parking for coaches for those choirs coming to the festival.
The concert on Saturday night with all the visiting choirs is in the Kendal Leisure Centre.
The Friday concert with Coope Boyes and Simpson, K-Shoes Male Voice Choir, Ottovoce women’s choir, and Lakeland Voices, 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 – as is the picnic on Sunday lunchtime, and coffee and teas on Saturday afternoon in the Old School (behind the Unitarian church on Branthwaite Brow near the market.)
|Coope Boyes and Simpson
The Saturday massed choir rehearsal starts at 9.30am in the Leisure Centre – followed by a walk at 11:30am along the Old Canal Sustrans Cycle route 6, past the allotments and over the footbridge over the river Kent and through Abbot Hall park to the Brewery Arts Centre (or take 41, 41A, 42 or 42A buses or car.) The route will have numerous volunteers along the way – and is accessible for wheelchairs on almost entirely tarmaced pathways.
The massed sing in Kendal town centre outside the Brewery Arts Centre will start with a welcome from the Mayor of Kendal Andy Blackman at 12.30pm followed by
Busking with each of the choirs performing around town in 14 outdoor venues which include – outside the Brewery Arts Centre gardens, Library, Market Place (outside Market Books), outside Waterside by the river, outside Abbot Hall gallery, at the “Birdcage” at the top of Finkle Street in the centre of town, outside the Kendal parish church, in Joshua Tree yard, outside the School Room behind the Unitarian Chapel on Brathwaite Brow, Wainwright’s yard, the Elephant yard, Noble’s Rest, and Abbot Hall park (see map and schedule below.)
The Saturday evening concert with the visiting choirs each performing a short set is from 5pm in the Leisure Centre ’till late. Followed by a party in the bar until 1pm.
The Sunday morning one hour workshops are from 9.30-10.30am and 11:15-12.15am 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, Tyndale Thomas Gospel, Paul Guppy and the Gladly Solemn Sound West Gallery music, Andy Whitfield and the Lancaster Millenium Choir, Steve Cheslett Feldenkrais technique, 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 (meet in the Badger Bar at 8pm) and a post-festival event later on Sunday afternoon and evening in the Little and Great Langdale valleys (singing from 6pm outside the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, and a singing walk from Elterwater at 3.30pm. Please contact me for details.
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 who would like to apply at this late stage are welcome to do so on the off chance that we will have cancellations.
|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 (to book, please contact Jean Harrison on email@example.com or ring 07919048905).
We also occasionally get information about bed and breakfast accommodation in Kendal which is still available (on Saturday June 17 there were still rooms available in the Kendal Travel Lodge and the Premier Inn) and can help with that if necessary. And some choirs who have booked whole hostels sometimes offer space in their hostel for other singers (the Kendal Hostel next to the Brewery has been booked by all of the Three Valleys Gospel choir – they say they have some beds available in the hostel if you would like to stay with them.) Please get in touch if you need help.
CHOIRS WHO ARE COMING INCLUDE:
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 (Pocklington, 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
39. Nottingham Clarion Choir
40. Open Voice choir (Manchester)