Dawn Chorus (Tuesday morning)

Tuesday mornings, currently 9.30am to 10.45am ish.
Currently on Zoom. We do about an hour of singing on Zoom and a bit of socialising. It’s all very informal!
This is a group in Kendal that started September 2015 called the Dawn Chorus (despite it starting well after dawn!).

The intention is to start your Tuesday in the way that perhaps we should start every day – with a blooming good sing!

As always with my sessions there are no auditions, there’s no need to read music and there’s no performing or solos. For this group, you can just turn up and there’s no need to commit to coming to sessions regularly as you can just drop in to as many as you like.

(I’m very grateful to the wonderful Pip Wright, of Penzance for the idea and the name as she runs something very similar way down there in the South West and you can visit that too when you’re there – in The Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens with an excellent cafe!).

We’ll be learning short, easier, satisfying songs and working on some more challenging ones all just for the sake of the singing.

We learn songs entirely by ear (“repeat after me”!) so there’s no need to read music and all of it’s “a capella” which just means we don’t use instruments or backing tracks and sing unaccompanied in the room. On Zoom we use some backing tracks I’ve prepared in advance so that you get the sensation of singing with others while actually singing at home. Songs are from a wide variety of singing traditions and sources but all are wonderful to sing in glorious harmony.

It usually costs £7 a time and you just pay on the door. Currently people are paying what they can, when they can. We really don’t want anyone to miss out because of money worries so if, for you, that is more than you can afford, then just pay what you can.

​Normally, after the session, you’re very welcome to come down to Comida Food (on Highgate) for a brew and a natter. For now, there’s a bit of socialising on Zoom which you’re very welcome to and is great fun but by no means compulsory.

We normally meet in the Town Hall, Kendal, but currently everything is on Zoom (a video conferencing service online). Email me and I’ll put you on the mailing list so that you can join us.

PLEASE do check the dates carefully – they do not always fit with school terms!

Dates for the coming sessions are:-

  • Tuesday 12th January 
  • Tuesday 19th January
  • Tuesday 26th January
  • Tuesday 2nd February
  • Tuesday 9th February
  • (we’re taking a break on Tuesday 16th Feb)
  • Tuesday 23rd February
  • Tuesday 2nd March
  • Tuesday 9th March
  • Tuesday 16th March
  • Tuesday 23rd March
  • Tuesday 30th March 

It’s so hard to predict when we might get back to singing together “in real life” rather than on Zoom. Keep in touch and we’ll all find out together. The plan is this:

No session immediately after Easter Monday (so none on Tuesday 6th April

  • Tuesday 13th April 
  • Tuesday 20th April
  • Tuesday 27th April
  • Tuesday 4th May
  • Tuesday 11th May
  • Tuesday 18th May 

Then I’m planning to take a break. Not sure what we’ll be doing with it yet! but a break nonetheless. Planning to continue from Monday June 22nd. 

  • Tuesday 22nd June
  • Tuesday 29th June
  • Tuesday 6th July
  • Tuesday 13th July
  • Tuesday 20th July
  • Tuesday 27th July 

Then I’m planning to be away for two Tuesdays

  • Tuesday 17th August
  • Tuesday 24th August

Super long 4 Tuesday break 31st August to 21st September

  • Tuesday 28th September
  • Tuesday 5th October
  • Tuesday 12th October

This was a diary mess up but I’m not around on Tuesday 19th October. Sorry!

  • Tuesday 26th October
  • Tuesday 2nd November
  • Tuesday 9th November
  • Tuesday 16th November
  • Tuesday 23rd November
  • Tuesday 30th November
  • Tuesday 7th December
  • Tuesday 14th December

I’ll advertise the following term dates as soon as I have them planned.

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