Singers sought to celebrate steel-making at Festival of Thrift


The chance to be part of a pop-up choir at this year’s Festival of Thrift is being offered to enthusiastic singers of all ages.

This year’s Festival at Kirkleatham in Redcar on 17 and 18 September is to feature a choir of 170 to celebrate 170 years of steel-making on Teesside.

Led by north-east artists, the ‘a capella’ ensemble Mouthful (, the choir will present a performance on each day of the Festival and a band of invisible singers will also pop up at various venues across the site throughout the weekend.

Mouthful is a 4-person group, Katherine Zeserson Dave Camlin, Sharon Durant and Bex Mather, who perform original music using only the human voice as an expertly-played and finely-tuned instrument.  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.

They aim to create a Festival choir that brings together people of all ages.  Taking the themes of forging, smelting and tempering as the starting point they will make new songs, re-imagine old songs and perform together.

The process is open to all and no experience is required, only enthusiasm.

All are welcome to rehearsals being held at Kirkleatham on 3 and 10 September from 10am – 5pm and13, 14 and 16 September from 7pm – 9.30pm.

To register interest email

Further details are at

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  • 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 Museum and Grounds is working in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation to deliver a new Catering Academy and Walled Garden as part of the restoration of the estate.
  • 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.

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