Songwave Choir


We are a choir of about 50 members and we sing a varied range of songs and styles (usually in 4 part harmony) from British, European and American contemporary community songwriters, all of which have been carefully chosen to sound right when sung by an unaccompanied choir.   We perform several times a year within the local area.

We have been singing together since 1995, originally led by Ali Burns and were previously known as the Feral Choir.

Come and sing with us

We don’t hold auditions and you don’t have to read music to join us!

We rehearse (during term-times) in Castle Douglas Primary School, on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.  The hall is large, wheelchair accessible, and with plenty of space for social distancing.

If you would like to join the waiting list, then please contact us and we will be in touch as soon as a place becomes available.

Getting there

Our new rehearsal space is within easy walking distance of Castle Douglas town centre with plenty of parking.  We do encourage car sharing and can introduce you to other choir members who live in your area.

Kate Howard

Kate Howard

Kate began her musical career by studying classical singing from an early age but she swiftly moved into left wing politics where she set up some of the UK’s first community choirs.  She now lives in Moniaive where she runs Cairn Chorus community choir and is excited to be directing the newly formed Castle Douglas based SongWave community choir.

Kate was a long time performer with Vermont based touring choir ‘Northern Harmony’ and lead their teenage programme ‘Village Harmony’ for many years. This enabled her to work with many stunning world music teachers.

She has a big heart, powerful voice and a joyous approach to singing. She works with groups to create an authentic sound and is passionate about creating community through song.



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