One of the Friendliest Choirs in Cumbria
We are proud to have been placed First in the ‘Open Choirs’ class of Carlisle Music and Drama Festival 2016 – see our News page for more details!
A Cumbrian Choir
Solway Singers are one of the friendliest Choirs in Cumbria. We are based in North Cumbria, near the Scottish border. We rehearse in Longtown near Carlisle between September and May each year. Whilst we perform ‘classical’ music (particularly British) from madrigals to John Rutter, we are a fun and friendly group which enjoys practices as well as learning the music in time for performances!
Solway Singers was started as an evening class in September 1998 by Diana Carr, who still sings with the choir, as do two other original members, Angela Carr and Marion Jeffries. It is directed by well-known local singer and choral conductor Anthony Peacock, and our accompanist is Avril Tisdall. Di’s idea was to start a choir which had a longer ‘season’ than some local choirs which only perform once a year. Many members sing with other choirs as well including Cumbria Rural Choirs, Lanercost Festival Chorus, and other choirs and groups in the area.
Our latest achievement was coming a joint first in the 2016 Carlisle Music and Drama Festival in the ‘adult choirs’ class: read more on our ‘news’ page.
Programmes for previous concerts can be seen on the Programmes page, but generally the programme for each Christmas concert is an eclectic mix of musical periods and styles (with a wintery or Christmas theme) whereas the spring programme is more likely to be built around one major work. Whilst our Musical Director chooses most of the programme, he is always open to suggestions from choir members.