How the choir was founded, and how it has grown

The choir was formed in 1969 when a group of friends met together informally in one anotherís homes to sing madrigals, and some early and 20th century music. It now numbers approximately thirty singers and, although Kendal-based, draws its membership from a wide area.

Known particularly for their performances of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Singers have a commitment to contemporary music, frequently including in their programmes works by local composers - in particular, Robin Field (a founder member of the choir) and Adrian Self.

Works specially commissioned by the choir include compositions by Humphrey Clucas (2005), Paul Barker (2006), Elis Pehkonen (2007) and local young composer, Chris Noble (December 2007).

Over a forty-year period, the choir has worked with some distinguished musicians including The Rose Consort of Viols, His Majestyís Sagbutts and Cornetts (Monteverdiís Vespers of 1610), English Touring Opera, Vox Animae and international recorder player, John Turner.

They have also performed on several occasions with the distinguished soprano, Evelyn Tubb, who is the first Honorary President of Pro Nobis.

The Singers have appeared twice at the Swaledale Festival,in 2006 performing music by the Estonian composer, Veljo Tormis, in the presence of the composer.

In August 2008 and 2009 they appeared at the Lake District Summer Music Festival.