LAKELAND VOICES – Tuesdays in Kendal
Jan 2010

Author: David Burbidge

Lakeland Voices is a communty choir in Kendal, Cumbria

TUESDAYS 7.30-9.30pm in term-time in the 
CASTLE STREET COMMUNITY CENTRE, Castle Street, Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

|Lakeland Voices community choir in Kendal

We are about 35 singers learning songs by ear from Britain and around the world (no need to worry if you can’t read music – or if you can, a chance to develop a different part of your musicality based on listening rather than reading.)

We start with warm ups for the voice and body to prepare us for singing, and then sing fairly easy to learn rounds, followed by 2, 3 and 4 part harmony songs – from easy to more challenging.
We also have a number of outings – including singing walks in the summer, and our wonderful star lit walk through the winter landscape to sing in the Rydal Caves – and afterwards round the cosy fires of the Badger Bar at Rydal.

We also host visiting choirs – which have included in the past choirs from Slovenia and Vermont – and have sung at folk carol festivals, on the trains, in the stations and in many pubs.

I hope you can join us. There is a subscription of £54 for the term which is between10 and 14 weeks long with a half term break in the middle and often other singing events as well. If singers wish they are wlecome to join the Penrith and Bentham choirs as well for no extra cost. .

There are no auditions, all are free to join regardless of musical or physical ability.

Video of the choir singing can be seen at:

Lakeland Voices community choir singing walk in Slovenia


In the autumn term we learn a number of folk carols, pub carols and seasonal songs which we sing in a variety of places around Cumbria in December – including inside a candlelit cave, round the fires of country pubs, and on star lit walks through the winter landscape, singing at the doors of cottages cradled in the dale, and more often than not round the fires of the kindly Dalesfolk who live here.

Here is a selection of our songs – come and learn them at our workshops – or sing them with us in the pubs:

Old Foster (While Shepherds – 4 part arrangement)
Pentonville (While Shepherds – 4 part arrangement, as sung at Christmas Truce)
Boars Head Carol (four part harmony on chorus – from Christmas Truce)
Gaudete (four part harmony on chorus – verses in unison)
Lo the Eastern Sages rise (four parts – Cornish pub carol)
Glej zvezdice bozje (Slovenian carol)
Neapolitan Bagpiper’s Carol (3 part harmony – sops, alto and baritone)
Shepherd’s Arise (in four parts – tune with the tenors)
Curly Hark (Hark the Herald Angels – Derbyshire pub carol)
Ring out ye bells (Ring On…harmony on chorus – easy)
As Winter’s Night Draws Near (four part harmony – shape note)
Diadem (Sheffield pub carol – 4 parts)
Carol of the Bells (4 parts – Ukranian choral folk carol, English words)
Poslusajte, vsi ljudje (Slovenian carol – easy, in two parts)
Süßer die glocken nie klingen (Slovenian Vecernica with German words)
Coventry Carol (four part arrangement – from Christmas Truce 1914)
Jacob’s Well (“I didn’t know he was poorly” – Sheffield pub carol)
Cranbrook (While Shepherds – aka Ilkley Moor bah’t ‘at)
Holly and the Ivy (folk dance version – two parts)
Stille Nacht (Silent Night – Sveta Noc – Douce nuit – 4 part harmony)
Song for the Time (“…when the sweet bells chime,” Sheffield pub carol)
Bozje Nam Je Rojen Sin (Slovenian carol)
Copper’s Christmas Song (“The trees are all bare…” from the Copper family)
Gloucestershire Wassail (“Wassail wassail all over the town” – Oxford bk of carols)
Tebe Poem (well known Russian song in four parts – aka Tibje pajom)
Awake ye mortals all (Dent pub carol – 4 parts)
Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells (While Shepherds – easy, in two parts)
Roby Mill New year carol (“…dear friends and companions happy new year to you.”)

Auld Lang Syne (in four parts)

Summer Singing Walks – Tuesdays after Whitsun half term holiday.

Join us as we sing on short walks through the Lake District – with stops for singing in caves and woods and besides waterfalls and lakes…..and often finishing at a country inn. Walks may include:

1) Rydal water and caves – and the Badger Bar. And choose between a short walk up to the Rydal caves or a longer walk round the lake.

2) Little Langdale tarn, Slaters Bridge, Cathedral Cavern – and The Three Shires Inn. (See a video of a visiting Slovenian choir singing in Cathedral Cavern at:

3) Tarn Howes circuit – and The Drunken Duck.

4) Cartmel.

5) Witherslack – and the Derby Arms.

6) Stavely through the woods and up the hill – and then joining the Lakeland Fiddlers in the Hawkeshead Brewery in Stavely.

Please wear sensible clothes for walking including boots or sturdy walking shoes with a good tread, waterproofs, and carry spare warm clothes, a torch and a water bottle.

See a video of walkers singing in a Dentdale wood at:

singers at Buttermere


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