My own two groups (Monday evening and Tuesday morning) fall into this category of course! Click on the links below to find out more.
The U3A singing group on Tuesday mornings (Kendal)
I think this runs fortnightly and is a sing-along group. Contact the local U3A for more details. It’s very popular so must be great fun!
The Silver Songsters (Kendal)
This is a singalong session with backing tracks for nearly a 1000 different songs to suit every taste. Lyric sheets are provided and you don’t need any vocal or musical ability to join in. It’s run by Doreen Newman-Holden and Ben Goodman at Hallgarths Community Centre, Hallgarth Circle, Kendal LA9 5NU on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11.30am. They always welcome new members so just go along and try it! For more details ring Doreen 01539 734583 or Ben 01539 723944.
The Brewery Community Choir (Kendal)
This is new and is based at Kendal’s wonderful Brewery Arts Centre. It’s run on an “evening class” basis where you pay to join the class for the term and all the details are on the Brewery website.
K-shoes Male Voice Choir (Kendal)
Kendal is lucky enough to have an excellent male voice choir that meets at the Town Hall weekly. They do a lot of performing throughout the year and always welcome new members so get in touch with them via their website.
Lakeland Voices (Kendal, Penrith and all over!)
David Burbidge has run Lakeland Voices based around Kendal, Sedbergh, Penrith and further afield for many years. David runs regular community choirs in Penrith and Kendal as well as singing walks, singing cycling holidays, exchanges with choirs in Slovenia and elsewhere – there’s so much more on his website – do take a look.
The Kendal Millennium Youth Choir (The Milli) (Kendal/Milnthorpe)
The Milli accepts young singers between the ages of 8 and 18 of all abilities with no audition. They meet every Tuesday evening and the choir is led by professional soprano and choir leader Tracie Penwarden. They can perform on their own and are especially suited to fund-raising events and are equally adept at supporting the many choral societies in the area when works have specified youth choirs. They are the current class winners of both the Mary Wakefield Festival and the South Cumbria Music Festival.
Kendal South Choir (Kendal)
Kendal is rich in classical choirs and Kendal South Choir is a choral society of about 50 members who do not audition. A note from them
“For those who enjoy singing the big choral works. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in Kendal, and are always happy to welcome new member, especially those who sing tenor and bass!”
The Windermere and Bowness Community Choir (Windermere)
If you’re looking for a performing community choir – but not an auditioned choir – in Bowness and Windermere then this is for you. I’ve added a link to their Facebook page here. They meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm at Windermere School on Patterdale Road and they take new members any time. You can just turn up at the school and find them.
A choral society based in Milnthorpe – not auditioned and always welcoming of new members. The link in the name above takes you to their home page.
Tracie and Ian Penwarden-Allan have started up a new morning group in Milnthorpe on Tuesdays and Kendal on Mondays. Welcomes all comers!
Rockatune Community Sing (Burneside)
A new community singing group run at the Bryce Institute in Burneside by Vocal Workshops Cumbria. Sounds fun! All ages and abilities welcome. 7-8pm on Thursday evenings. Contact or 07745 405314 for more details or click on the link in the name above.
Carnforth Choral Society (Carnforth)
I’ve taken these details from their website: “Singers can join the choir at any time during the musical year and there are no auditions, or stipulations about being able to read music, although it obviously helps to have some who can. There are about 65 members and new members are always welcome. “
Arnside Ladies Choir (Arnside)
Nice to hear of one during the day! This happy choir meets on Friday afternoons 2pm to 4pm at the WI Hall on Orchard Road, Arnside. The conductor is Terry Fleming and he tells me they sing a wide selection of enjoyable music sometimes in unison and also in two and three parts. They do regular concerts. There are two terms per year: Sept to Dec and Jan to April. They’re a very friendly group numbering about 35 and are always ready to welcome new members who can just turn up and give it a try. No auditions, you’ll just need a love of singing. Terry’s email is if you have any queries.
Arnside Choral Society (Arnside)
Arnside Choral Society welcomes anybody with a love of singing. There are no auditions and no pre-requisites although a sense of humour is handy! Full details on joining can be found on the website but all you need do is turn up to any rehearsal at the WI Hall or attend our open rehearsal which takes place in September. With an expanding membership of 75 singers, Arnside Choral Society is one of the largest choirs in South Lakeland. They perform large-scale works in June and December and work regularly with professional soloists and instrumentalists from the local area.
Run by Anastasia Micklethwaite this group Sing Joyfully! is a new choral group with a difference! It aims to bring people together to have fun whilst making music together and learning how to develop the voice. Choral sessions include training in vocal technique and repertoire covers a wide range of genres and styles from classical western traditions, pop, jazz, folk, world traditions and gospel. We guarantee that there will something for everyone! Sessions run in Casterton Church on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm – 9 pm. Beginners and experienced choral singers are all welcome, irrespective of experience or music reading ability! For more details and all enquiries, please email Anastasia on or call 07952 601568l
Feel Good Singers led by Kirsten Taylor (Ulverston)
One group runs on Mondays at 7pm.
One group runs on Thursdays at 10.30am.
Ulverston Methodist Church (in the back room), Hartley St, LA12 0AN.
Led by Kirsten Taylor. Feel Good Singers is open to all voices and people, including those that think they can’t sing. The group welcomes people of all ages, health or state of mind. The sessions are light hearted and include gentle warms up, learning song by ear from all genres and parts of the world. Just come along or for more info get in touch.
Song Birds Ulverston led by Kirsten Taylor (Ulverston )
Song Birds Vocal Improvisation and Play Group, Led by Kirsten Taylor.
“We get together for singing and improvising in special places, inside and out. This is for you if you want to give freedom to your playfulness, explore your own sound and are willing to take risks in a supportive space with like-minded folk. Get in touch if you would like to join us.” Email Kirsten Taylor.
Kirkby Lonsdale Singers (Kirkby Lonsdale)
This group, run by Anastasia Micklethwaite starts most seasons with a “Come and Sing” evening but they say you’re welcome to come along any Thursday to give it a go. They meet 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Recital Room at Queen Elizabeth School and say “Don’t worry, you don’t need to be able to read music and we welcome all ages”. Click on their website link the name above.
The Community Choir at Tebay, run by Alison Mott (Tebay)
Alison Mott runs a lovely-sounding community choir at Tebay that welcomes a variety of ages.
Monday evenings 7.30pm to 8.30pm at St James’ Church Tebay (in the basement)
“Anyone is welcome – adults and children from the age of 7 upwards, although we ask that children under 16 are accompanied by an adult. To find St James’ Church in Tebay, from Kendal, turn left just after the Cross Keys and then left again.
We meet from 7.30 until 8.30 pm, with a break for refreshments. (One of our singers is a superb baker!) A weekly commitment is NOT required. We usually take a break in school holidays. We sing a range of music – recent performances have included a set of unaccompanied African folksongs at an African Evening in Orton and a concert for the Queen’s official birthday, complete with British folksongs and singalong “Last Night of the Proms” items. We are currently working on songs from popular shows as well as some unaccompanied items“.
The Penrith Community Choir (Penrith)
David Burbidge runs this group – see above under Lakeland Voices – and details are on his website.
The Eden Singers based in Penrith (Penrith)
They have a singing year running from September to April and hold rehearsals once a week – Tuesday’s 7.15pm to 9.30pm at the United Reform Church, Lowther Street, Penrith. There’s no audition. They hold four concerts each year but members are not obliged to take part in these if they don’t want to.
A monthly singing and meditation group held in Lancaster at the Full Moon.
Bryony Rogers says: “The group sings sacred songs from different spiritual traditions, including Hindu bhajans with the accompaniment of a harmonium. We also explore sound healing in the form of Chakra chants, toning and improvisation, and silent meditation.” Much more information is available on the website www.songofawakening.org.uk, or email , or call Bryony on 07533 278581.
Sing Owt! and Sing In! run by Dave Camlin (north Cumbria/Cockermouth)
Dave is a particularly wonderful colleague of mine in the Natural Voice Network and if you can access any of his projects you will have a great time of it. Dave says
“Both my Cumbrian choirs are non-auditioned and we learn mainly by ear, with notation and MP3s available to help learn material. Repertoire is from a wide range of global folk, pop and groove-based traditions, with some local folk material and often with a project focus. I compose a lot of the material specifically for the choirs, so we’re often singing new works. People are welcome to come to try out either group first before committing to regular attendance.”
Sing Owt! Monday evenings in Ullock Village Hall 7-9 pm, especially suitable for new or less confident singers, or those unable to commit to weekly attendance, pay weekly or termly.
Sing In! Tuesday evenings in Cockermouth Friends’ Meeting House 7-9 pm, especially suitable for those looking for more of a singing challenge and willing to commit to weekly attendance, pay termly.
For more details use the link in the heading or email