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Where: Derwent Hill Training Centre, Portinscale, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria CA12 5RD


When: 31st March - 2 April 2023 and 22 September - 24 September 2023


Itinerary: Both weekends will officially start with dinner on the Friday night at 19:00 (arrival from 18:00) after which will be the first singing session. On the Saturday, there is plenty of singing as well as a 'free' session giving you the opportunity to explore the local area. Participants enjoyed the flexibility of having packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday on previous Singing In... the Lakes events, so we will repeat this arrangement for Singing In... the Lakes in 2023. There are some wonderful walks of varying levels of difficulty and the town of Keswick is just 20 minutes walk away (about a mile). The weekends end with a final run through of all the repertoire that's been worked on. The final timetable is drawn up in the week leading up to the event so that the weather forecast can be taken into account for the free session.


Weekend Prices (per room): 

Single Room - £375 *Limited availability

Double or Twin Room (Double Occupancy) - £650

Double or Twin Room (Single Occupancy) - £450

Triple Room - £975 *Limited availability

A 10% discount is available if booking both 2023 weekends at the same time.

Included in the Price: all meals from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime; accommodation; tea / coffee breaks; all tuition and music.


Single & Triple Rooms: The majority of rooms at Derwent Hill sleep two persons. Please note that there are three single rooms and one triple room available on a first come, first served, basis.


Rooms: All rooms are ensuite and have towels, soap and shampoo, a hairdryer, a radio clock alarm, a small television (Freeview) and tea / coffee making facilities.


Typical Experience: The weekends are ideal for singers who currently sing in a choir, those who used to sing but haven't done so for ages or for those who sing in the shower but don't yet have the confidence to sing in a group. The emphasis during the weekends will be on fun music making. You will be amazed at the music we can make with our voices! All levels of singers welcome. Please note, participants must be over 18 years.


Repertoire: The repertoire will be drawn from folk, pop, world, traditional and classical genres and will be a mixture of a cappella and accompanied (by piano / ukulele / guitar / percussion). Some of the music will be available to view and listen to in advance should you wish to do so. 


Kate Shipway: Kate is an experienced choral director, workshop leader and vocal coach. She loves to enable and encourage people to sing. Kate is a Vocal Music Leader at Sheffield Music Hub, musical director of The Sheffield Chorale and Romulus Singers and she leads the Singing In... Choirs in Grenoside & Hillsborough. She sings alto in Sine Nomine and is one of the vocalists with the Northern Collective Big Band.


Open to singers of all levels: The weekends offer a wonderful music making opportunity in beautiful surroundings, with comfortable ensuite accommodation, lovely food and homemade cakes.

Terms & Conditions: Please make sure you read and understand our Terms and Conditions before booking your place on a Singing In... event.

To Book / More Information: For more information please call Pete on 07905 820802 or drop an email to


A warm welcome awaits you…

Singing In... the Lakes 2023

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