Cumbria Rural Choirs

Making Music Together


About us

Since 1951, Cumbria Rural Choirs has been bringing together singers from across Cumbria and neighbouring areas, to perform large scale choral works, often led by internationally-renowned conductors and accompanied by professional musicians and soloists - something which small choirs are rarely able to do. You can read more about our organisation and our exciting plans for the future here.


March 2020 Concert rescheduled, but now cancelled

Our 2020 concert - “Celebrating Wordsworth” - which would have been held on Saturday, 21st March 2020 in Carlisle Cathedral - was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 was the two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth. The unique and exciting concert programme was to have featured contemporary and specially-commissioned works to commemorate Wordsworth’s outstanding poetic legacy. We were immensely sad to have missed the opportunity to bring these works to you on the scale planned. However, we now intend to hold a concert in St. Andrews Church, Penrith, in March 2022, which will allow us to premier the three commissioned works, together with others.

Read more about the planned 2022 concert here.

Join Us!

Why not come and sing with us as a member of Cumbria Rural Choirs? With over 100 members, it is the largest amateur choir in the county. Individuals may join as “independent” singers, only attending the key CRC joint rehearsals, or as a member of one of the constituent choirs.

Read more about Cumbria Rural Choirs here on the website and please get in touch if you need more information.

You’ll find a membership application form here too.


Our rehearsals are usually held in Keswick, Wigton, Penrith or Cockermouth. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have not met in person since March 2020. Our only meeting this year will be the Annual General Meeting at 2 pm on 27th November 2021, at Wigton Methodist Church. Following the AGM there will be refreshments provided by John Crouch, and then the opportunity to take part in an informal sing of well-known choruses, led by Ian Jones and accompanied by Ian Hare on piano.

A programme of rehearsals for the concert in March 2022 can be downloaded from the Documents page.

Support us!

We welcome your support in whatever way you choose to express it. As a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 1169081) we are always grateful for financial support to achieve our aims, whether as a sponsor; an advertiser in our concert programmes; or simply through a donation.

You can also support us - at no cost to yourself - by choosing Cumbria Rural Choirs as your nominated charitable organisation for any purchases you make on Amazon. For details, please visit Amazon Smile.

During the period 6-21 December 2021 we are hoping to be chosen in the Movement for good 12 days of giving awards. You can support this by nominating us here.

Most importantly, we welcome you as a member of the audience at our concerts, and will always aim to delight!