Werca’s Folk, directed by Sandra Kerr, is a hugely popular choir of women’s voices, based in Morpeth, Northumberland.
Their name derives from ‘Werca’ (from whom the village of Warkworth derived its name and is where Sandra lives) who is described variously as a ‘wild and witchy woman’ and ‘saintly’… very much like the choir, in fact. They are known for their passionate singing of the beautiful songs of their region, and a wide range of folk and contemporary songs which express the joys, hardships and hopes of women of all times.
They have performed all over the country, representing Northumberland at the Royal Show, singing a number of times at The Sage, Gateshead and at the Whitby Folk Festival, and winning the first ever St Oswald's Choir of the Year in 2011 which saw them fund-raising during the following year for St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They have completed a very successful tour of Slovenia, and are regulars at events like the Morpeth Gathering.
This year they took part in an exciting project with contemporary dancers, performing a curtain raiser to Antony Lo-Diudice’s piece, ‘Savages’. They sang and appeared on Clare Balding’s C4 documentary ‘Death of a Suffragette’, and again with Clare ( who is their patron) on her R4 series, ‘Ramblings’. And much, much more….
They have also produced several CDs.
Have a listen to a sample of our recordings: