The Wordsworth Singers

Formed in 1997 as a small choir with a repertoire ranging from Plainsong to Poulenc, Monteverdi to MacMillan, the Wordsworth Singers have won critical acclaim for inspiring performances of largely unaccompanied works.

The choir's singing members come from all over Cumbria and from the south of Scotland, coming together several times a year to perform concerts throughout Cumbria and beyond, following a two week rehearsal period with their Director of Music, Mark Hindley. They have sung at the Lake District Summer Music Festival and on the Edinburgh Fringe. They have also been invited to perform at weddings, dinners and other events, singing music from the 14th to 21st centuries. They have given first performances and recorded four CDs.

In 2015 The Wordsworth Singers were honoured to receive the title "Choir of the Year" at the first Cumbria Life Culture Awards.

Performance dates for our 2019-20 season:


  • Saturday 16th November
  • Saturday 14th March (possible repeat on Sunday 15th)
  • Saturday 16th May (possible repeat on Sunday 17th)
  • Saturday 25th July (possible repeat on Sunday 26th)

Mark Hindley

MARK HINDLEY began his musical life as a Chorister at Lichfield Cathedral where he began to play the organ, progressing to Malvern College before being awarded an Organ Scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied with David Sanger.

Although he initially qualified as a doctor, his passion for music enticed him away from pursuing medicine as a career. He has wide-ranging musical interests, but much of his time is spent conducting and directing. After many years of close involvement in church music, holding positions at St Matthew's Church, Northampton, at St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee and at Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge, his return to Scotland in 2003 to take up the position of Chorus Master with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) signalled a change to working mainly in secular contexts. Training, preparing and directing the SCO Chorus, he established a close working relationship with many leading conductors, perhaps most notably the late Sir Charles Mackerras. He has also been Chorusmaster of Leeds Philharmonic Society, working closely with its Musical Director, David Hill. He led Leeds Philharmonic Chorus on successful tours to Poland and Germany, including two performances of Elgar's The Music Makers with 200 local singers under Jac van Steen in the Dortmund 2010/1 season.

In 2012, Radió Teilifís Éireann appointed him Chorus Master for the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir after he had worked with the choir and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for three concerts in the 2011/2 season, including an acclaimed performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin with Matthew Halls. His first full season with RTÉ Philharmonic Choir came to a close with sold out performances with The Chieftains.

Since 2009 Mark has been Musical Director of The Wordsworth Singers, with whom he has rapidly established a reputation for adventurous programming and exciting, vibrant performances. In 2015 he also founded a new choir, the Scottish Vocal Ensemble, which draws together the finest choral singers from Scotland and Northern England.

He combines his choral work with a busy schedule as a freelance organist and harpsichordist. He has been invited to perform in many major venues across the UK. He has also appeared in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Poland and the USA.

Former Directors of Music

Prior to Mark Hindley's appointment the choir has had four Directors of Music:


Duruflé Requiem

Duruflé Requiem

Saturday 16 November, 7:30pm - Carlisle Cathedral

Conductor: Mark Hindley
Organ: Fergal Caulfield

  • Duruflé’s Requiem is widely regarded as one of the great works of the 20th century, steeped in glorious harmonies and soaring emotion. It will be accompanied on the cathedral’s magnificent “Father” Willis organ of 1856, with its four manuals, pedal board and almost 4000 pipes. The programme also includes works for men’s voices only and women’s voices only, by composers Francis Poulenc (1899 to 1963), Franz Biebl (1906 to 2001),  Pablo Casals (1876 to 1973) as well as music written by a very young Benjamin Britten (1913 to 1976).  

  • Tickets £13 in advance or £14 on the door.
    Under-18s and full-time students free.

    Reserve Tickets

    Tickets also available from 07780 682373,
    choir members or from
    Carlisle Tourist Information Centre, The Old Town Hall

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