The Week

After breakfast, morning rehearsals start with informal prayers, and include breaks and sectional coaching as well as the lively full practices in church.

Afternoons are devoted to non-musical activities, taking place outdoors wherever possible, and, in addition to the ever-popular dam-building and Morland’s version of Sports Day, can include a shopping or swimming trip and a ‘Wide Game’ in the local area (which in recent years has seen re-enactments of many famous stories and films including Harry Potter, Robin Hood, Frozen and Star Wars).

There are musical and non-musical events each day that count towards the Challenge Cup, which is awarded at the final Sunday prize-giving to the Group that has amassed the most points.

Practices for the concert take place in the evening, and the day ends with a voluntary service of Compline (devotional service in the church for the end of the day).

At the end of the week the pattern changes, with a service of Choral Evensong in Carlisle Cathedral on the Friday; concert in Penrith on the Saturday, including staged musicals, spirituals or chart hits; finishing up with two services in Morland Church, lunch and prize-giving on the final Sunday.

A full timetable for the week can be viewed here.