Street Choirs Festival 2017
Feb 2016

Author: David Burbidge


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. 


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