Sign up at Saltburn to sing in choir celebrating steelmaking at Festival of Thrift


Enthusiastic singers of all ages can sign up to join the Festival of Thrift Phoenix Voices choir at Saltburn Food Festival.Representatives of Mouthful, a capella ensemble leading the project, will be at the town’s 4th annual Food Festival event on Sunday 31st July from 11.30 to 14.30.They will be singing in the Northern Lights shop on Milton Street (TS12 1DH) as well as singing in the street, handing out leaflets and signing up singers.

The Festival of Thrift project hopes to create a 170-strong choir to celebrate 170 years of steel-making on Teesside to perform at this year’s event at Kirkleatham near Redcar on 17 and 18 September.An award-winning family festival all about upcycling, recycling and creativity, the Festival of Thrift is the UK’s national celebration of sustainable living. Mouthful is a quartet, Katherine Zeserson, Dave Camlin, Sharon Durant and Bex Mather, based in the north east that’s been together for 14 years.

As well as giving performances in conventional style the group specialises in creating music for special locations. All four of its members are established leading community musicians and choir leaders in their own right and they create and perform a diverse range of vocal material ranging from Georgian to gospel, folk to funk, including jazz and country along the way. The Festival’s Phoenix Voices choir aims to bring together people of all ages and abilities.  Taking the themes of forging, smelting and tempering as the starting point, Mouthful will work with singers to “mash up”, that is, to make new songs, re-imagine old songs and perform them together.  It will result in a short a cappella performance to be presented twice during the Festival weekend, as well as a band of pop-up Invisible Singers drawn from the participant group who will contribute to the animation of the Festival site throughout.The choir is open to all and the only requirement is enthusiasm. 

All are welcome to rehearsals being held at Kirkleatham on 3 and 10 September from 10am – 5pm and 13, 14 and 16 September from 7pm – 9.30pm.

Catch the choir at Saltburn or register interest by emailing details are at

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Media enquiries:

Katherine Zeserson, Mouthful, 07826 552952

Rachel Smith, , 07905215712


  • The Festival of Thrift is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and through a partnerships with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, PD Ports and Teesside University.
  • The Festival was born in Darlington in 2012 and is growing up across the Tees Valley region, with a move to Kirkleatham for its fourth event.
  • In 2015 the Festival won the Arts Award in the Observer Ethical Awards, which celebrate the people, organisations and campaigners who are leading the way to ensure we have an ethical future.
  • The Festival won gold for the North East Tourist Event of 2015. 
2016 event
  • The Festival of Thrift takes place on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18 2016 10am – 5pm at Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds near Redcar on the north east coast.
  • It is located in the tranquil village of Kirkleatham, in and around Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, a Grade II listed building which dates from 1709 and now houses Kirkleatham Museum.
  • Kirkleatham village has one of the best collections of Georgian-style buildings in England and the almshouses on the Festival site, which were were built in 1676, are architecturally and historically notable.
  • Sustainable transport options will be available to help festival goers get to the site, more details to be made available soon. 
Useful links:
Northern Lights

TS12 1DH


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