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North West Folk music clubs picDavid Burbidge outlines an impressive singing programme at Lakeland Voice. For more details follow the link at the bottom.

Lakeland Voices continues on Tuesdays in the Castle Street Community Centre, Kendal. We are learning new songs, as well as singing ones we already know. Videos of the parts are available for free home study - as a well as a learning CD which can be purchased. Everyone is welcome - although it is expected that you can match a pitch (ie if I sing something, that you can sing the same thing back! Most people can do this.) The songs are taught by ear, we have a warm-up at the beginning, and we then sing rounds and songs in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony from the British Isles and around the world. We will break for Easter and start again on April 17 - with 5 weeks learning songs in Kendal, and then the rest of the summer on Tuesday evening singing walks throughout the Lake District singing by waterfalls, in vast caverns, on the open fell....and round the fire in country pubs. Lift shares can be arranged. 49 for the term (between 10 and 13 weeks.) There are videos of me teaching the parts for many of the songs we sing at

The Ingle Tones - Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm - harmony singing group in Ingleton (home of the excellent Ingleton folk festival n the English Yorkshire Dales) - we meet in the Wheatsheaf Inn in the village. All are welcome - though please book in advance - all songs learnt by ear, we will be singing primarily for our own pleasure, in a way which allows us to fully enjoy the harmonies we create. There will also be opportunities to perform if singers would like this. A subscription of 25 for the 5 week half term is required.

The Spring Sing Thing - 10am-6pm Saturday March 31 at Skelwith Bridge Community Centre near Ambleside, with a workshop in the community centre followed by a singing walk via Little Langdale caves, waterfalls, and pubs through the Little and Great Langdale valleys. Bring a packed lunch. 20

JURA - April 2-9 - Scottish island harmony singing week staying at Ardlussa House in the north of the island. Learning songs from Scotland and around the world - with outings, workshops, delicious meals, walks etc. Accommodation in single, twin and double rooms - some with sea views. 360-400

Woodland Harmony - April 21 - 22. Learn songs about trees, woods and their environment, from rounds to longer 2, 3 and 4 part harmony. Sing round the fire in my riverbank cottage at Farfield, near Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales - and then on short walks up the river Clough, and down the river Rawthey to sing in nearby woods. Refreshments included. Singers can also visit the Woodland Coppice Festival next door to my house at Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre. Please bring food to share for lunch. Evening concert. Camping available - or information on local accommodation. 23 each day or 40 whole weekend. Concert 7.50

Lakeland Songline - a harmony walk along Hadrians wall, June 1-4. Brampton to Hexham along the best remains of the Roman wall and meeting local singers along the way. Our annual long Whitsun walk with singing and camping along the way - and a van to carry all your bags (and weary walkers) and with food prepared for you. Our route will allow you to arrive and leave on public transport - or leave a car at one end and return to it on the Monday by train. Early bookers who are unable to camp may be able to stay in B&B accommodation. (We also hope to have available wet weather indoor camping alternatives - ie village halls as we had last year). Lift shares can be arranged. 115

Lake District Choirs Meet - June 15-17 2012. Elterwater in the centre of the Lake District. Join other singers on this fabulous weekend with concerts, workshops, song swaps, walks and a cracking good sing in the pub.

Singing Settle Carlisle - October 5-7 2012. Staying at Chapel le Dale opposite the Hill Inn, and then singing on the trains, in the stations and on walks through the wild Pennine fells. Also joining the Ingleton festival for singarounds and ceilidh.

Dent Folk Carols Festival - November 30-December 2 2012 - concerts, workshops, ceilidh and singing walk with carols from near and far and from all ages, including Sheffield pub carols, mediaeval English carols, west gallery, old folk carols, Slovenian, Polish, American and Russian...and more. All meals cooked by Lucia Marquart and accommodation in single, double and twin rooms, some en suite. 10 individual workshops/ceilidh/walk. 59 weekend without meals or accommodation. 85 including meals but not accommodation. Everything including a choice of luxury accommodation in cosy Dent village cottage - most with the option of 3 nights: 115 - 140

- David Burbidge


Lakeland Voice

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