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.
|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.
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 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 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.
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)