About Castlegate Singers

Castlegate Singers are based in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The choir’s goal is to practise and perform a wide-ranging programme of music to high standards, for the enjoyment of both members and audiences. Castlegate Singers is a women’s choir and enjoys a steady membership of over forty, drawn from Cockermouth and the surrounding towns and villages.

The choir performs a number of local concerts annually – including Summer and Christmas concerts – and often takes part in charity events and special occasions. We currently perform a varied and vibrant repertoire and our concerts cater for all tastes and occasions.

Would you like to join us?

You are welcome to come along to a rehearsal to meet us and discover what our programme for the season is. You can then discuss with our Choir Director which section of the choir your voice best fits.


Music Director and Accompanist

Musical Director: Anne-Marie Kerr
Accompanist: Fiona Weakley

Our Committee

Chairman: Win Cornwall
Secretary: Anne Marie Tiffin
Treasurer: Elizabeth Stott

Elected Members: Liz Jackson, Janet Mansfield, Wendy Sanders, Ann Thompson
Ex-officio: Musical Director and Accompanist
Publicity: Janet Mansfield


Our History

Castlegate Singers has been ably led by Richard Bennett who founded the choir in 1976 followed by Phil Wood, Val Hetherington, and now by Anne-Marie Kerr.

Over the years, the choir has sung everything from classical to popular, early to contemporary, traditional ballads, spirituals and folk music, as well as many Christmas favourites.

Large scale works for upper voice choirs are quite rare; however the choir has performed arrangements of choral works such as Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and works especially written for this voice medium such as Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Psalms for Dancing by Douglas Coombes. Arrangements of existing music have also been made for the choir by Philip Wood, former Musical Director, Val Hetherington and by the Director of Nova Cantica, Douglas Cook.