An introduction to Eversley Choir

Eversley Choir is a medium-sized choral society based in Milnthorpe, a pretty little town south of Kendal at the head of the lovely Kent estuary in Cumbria. Its history goes back to the year 1900 when a number of smaller village choirs were amalgamated in order to compete more effectively in what later became the Mary Wakefield Festival. Its founder was Mary Wakefield's sister, Agnes, who was married to Tom Argles and who lived in a large house in Leasgill called 'Eversley'. For many years the choir was called the Eversley Choral Union (and this is still its official name) but more recently that name has been shortened to Eversley Choir.

In the first century of its existence, the choir had just four principal conductors: Agnes Argles, its founder (1900-1923), Elizabeth Nelson (1924-39), Leslie Powell (1933-1979) and Roger Cann (1979-2001). Stephen Carleston was our conductor until 2008 and our current conductor is Ian Jones who also conducts Levens choir and the Cumbria Festival Chorus.

Over the years, the choir has been associated with some very famous names which include Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Sir John Barbirolli. In 1968 Robin Bagot of Levens Hall became the president of the society, a post currently held by his son, Hal.

The choir has about 80 members and gives three concerts each year in various venues in and around Milnthorpe, at least one of which is a major choral work with orchestra. Rehearsals take place in the 'Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall' on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:20.

There is no audition and the choir welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining the choir, please get in touch with the chairman Tony Parsons (01524 734223) or the membership secretary Fiona Stevens (01524 762371). Alternatively send an email to info@EversleyChoir.org.