Underground Choir Singing

Castleton, Derbyshire

Inside Britain's largest natural cave entrance.

When it comes to unusual weekends, they don’t get much stranger than going to a concert inside the Peak Cavern. The Tideswell Male Voice Choir started off in the 1940s when a group of local men – railway workers, postmen quarrymen and the like – began meeting for informal sessions in each other’s parlour. When other residents got wind of it, though, the men were encouraged to sing outside (and in caves), and hey presto, the rest is history.

While they don’t just sing inside caves, the Peak Cavern is one of the best places to hear them. The acoustics and atmosphere create one of those hairs-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck moments. If you’re not around for any of their upcoming dates, though, the caves make a pretty fascinating day out, nonetheless.

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