The West Cumberland Choral Society grew out of the Choir of Lowther Street Methodist Church, Whitehaven, conducted by John L Pape. This had gradually been augmented during the 1950's and 1960's in order to sing Messiah, Creation and other large choral works. The choir which was formed in 1960 had about 100 members and drew them from an area from Maryport to Bootle. The present choir has about 40 members from the Workington and Seascale areas as well as nearer Whitehaven. We sing a mixture of music these days and recent concerts have included music from Gilbert & Sullivan, Simon and Garfunkel, Howard Goodall and John Rutter. The choir performs a Christmas and a Spring concert every year and usually sings the Messiah bi-annually. We welcome new singers in September.