Lake District Summer Music

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Known affectionately as LDSM, we celebrate our 33rd Festival in August 2017.
Join us from 29 July - 11 August and hear great music played by world masters in the renowned beauty of the Lake District. Historic churches and halls in busy market towns offer the perfect setting for chamber music and orchestral concerts, recitals, music theatre, jazz, vocal works, pre-concert talks, and more.

Venue Type:

Festivals

Opening hours

09:30-17:30 office hours.

Admission charges

Please check.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Ella Fitzgerald Tribute Concert

  • 30 July 2017 8-10pm

Self-confessed Ella aficionado Emma Smith celebrates the centenary of the First Lady of Song by following her phenomenal career, from her earliest recordings with Chick Webb, through her work with Dizzy Gillespie leading to her scat singing in Flying Home and Oh, Lady Be Good!, and her meeting with the great Norman Granz recording the Great American Songbook with the likes of Nelson Riddle and Billy May, Paul Weston, Buddy Bregman and Duke Ellington, onto her work with Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Zeffirellis
Compston Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9AD
England

Admission

£18; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-07-30-ella-fitzgerald-tribute-concert

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Villiers Quartet & Benjamin Appl (baritone)

  • 31 July 2017 8-9:45pm

The second of Haydn’s final set of string quartets, of which Dr Burney wrote “They seem the production not only of a sublime genius who has written so much and so well already, but one of highly cultivated talents who had expended none of his fire before”, introduces a golden thread of Haydn in the 2017 LDSM programme. At the same time we mark the first visit to LDSM of the highly-regarded Villiers Quartet. Arnold’s great Victorian poem looks across the straits to France, where Delius wrote his enigmatic work – heard today in its 1916 version, only recently transcribed from the manuscript in the British Library.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

St Thomas's Church
Stricklandgate
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 4QG
England

Getting there

St Thomas' Church is situated just outside Kendal Town Centre, at the north west end of Stricklandgate/Windermere Road (A6) opposite County Hall.

Admission

£24, £16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-07-31-villiers-quartet-1

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James Turnbull (oboe) Libby Burgess (piano) Nick Stringfellow (cello)

  • 1 August 2017 11am-12:45pm

A programme of masterworks for oboe interlaced with connections – Lennox Berkeley first met Poulenc while a student of Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and the neo-baroque Petite Suite was composed at this time. Four years later, and five years before they met, Britten heard it, noting his enthusiasm in his diary. Britten and Berkeley subsequently had a close professional and personal relationship, and Britten became godfather to Lennox’s son, Michael.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Centre
Vicarage Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9DH
England

Getting there

Ambleside Parish Centre is situated in the centre of Ambleside, behind White Platts Recreation Ground. Pedestrian access is via the path at the side of The Gables Guest House, or via Vicarage Road by the side of Zeffirellis cinema. The centre can be found next to Rothay Park with the main entrance opposite the entrance to St Mary’s Church.

By car - follow the one way system north through Ambleside, turn left from Compston Road into the small road just past White Platts mini golf into the church grounds. *Wheelchair users parking only* at the venue. The nearest major car parks are: coming in from the south - on Lake Road, on Rothay Road opposite Rothay Garth Hotel - (postcode for GPS: LA22 0BT) and coming in from north at Rydal Road Car Park on right opposite University of Cumbria campus - (postcode for GPS: LA22 9BL).
There is a small amount of free parking by the church next to the centre with one disabled space available.

Admission

£16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-01-james-turnbull-oboe-libby-burgess-piano-nick-stringfellow-cello

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Villiers Quartet & James Turnbull (oboe)

  • 2 August 2017 7:30-9:15pm

The year of 1781 marked the height of the mania for all things Turkish for the Viennese public – hence Mozart’s Die Entführung heard yesterday and parts of Haydn’s closing movement this morning. Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, inspired by the remarkable virtuoso Friedrich Ramm, also comes from this fecund year. Our WW1 theme continues with delightful English and Dutch miniatures; and to close, Mendelssohn’s miracle of cyclic form, stemming from a three-note motto from a song about a romantic assignation, ‘Is it true that you are waiting for me?’

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)
Vicarage Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9DH
England

Getting there

The Church is situated in the centre of Ambleside, behind White Platts Recreation Ground. Pedestrian access is via the path at the side of The Gables Guest House, or via Vicarage Road by the side of Zeffirellis cinema. The Church can be found next to Rothay Park.

By car - follow the one way system north through Ambleside, turn left from Compston Road into the small road just past White Platts into the church grounds. *Wheelchair users parking only* at the venue. The nearest major car parks are: coming in from the south - on Lake Road, on Rothay Road opposite Rothay Garth Hotel - (postcode for GPS: LA22 0BT) and coming in from north at Rydal Road Car Park on right opposite University of Cumbria campus - (postcode for GPS: LA22 9BL)

Admission

£24, £16 restricted view; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-02-villiers-quartet-2

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Kalle-Pekka Koponen (cello) Andrew Dunlop (piano)

  • 2 August 2017 11am-12:45pm

Kalle-Pekka Koponen, a Finnish cellist currently on the exchange programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London, opens our Festival Début strand. He brings us a chronological sweep of duo sonatas and a work from his homeland’s most famous composer, before Andrew’s troika of solo piano arrangements prepares us for Paganini’s outrageous virtuoso variations on ‘Dal tuo stellato soglio’ from Rossini’s Moses in Egypt.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Centre
Vicarage Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9DH
England

Getting there

Ambleside Parish Centre is situated in the centre of Ambleside, behind White Platts Recreation Ground. Pedestrian access is via the path at the side of The Gables Guest House, or via Vicarage Road by the side of Zeffirellis cinema. The centre can be found next to Rothay Park with the main entrance opposite the entrance to St Mary’s Church.

By car - follow the one way system north through Ambleside, turn left from Compston Road into the small road just past White Platts mini golf into the church grounds. *Wheelchair users parking only* at the venue. The nearest major car parks are: coming in from the south - on Lake Road, on Rothay Road opposite Rothay Garth Hotel - (postcode for GPS: LA22 0BT) and coming in from north at Rydal Road Car Park on right opposite University of Cumbria campus - (postcode for GPS: LA22 9BL).
There is a small amount of free parking by the church next to the centre with one disabled space available.

Admission

£16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-02-kalle-pekka-koponen-cello-andrew-dunlop-piano

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Aurelian Piano Trio

  • 3 August 2017 12-1:15pm

The beautiful Norman church of St Mary’s hosts the winners of the 11th Pettman/ROSL ARTS International Scholarship for a New Zealand chamber ensemble, students from the Universities of Auckland and Waikato. Their residency at LDSM forms part of the prize in this prestigious competition. We welcome them for our popular annual Kirkby Market Day Concert.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Kirkby Lonsdale Parish Church
Queens Square
Kirkby Lonsdale
Cumbria
LA6 2BA
England

Getting there

Leave M6 at Junction 36 and travel along the A65, following signs for Kirkby Lonsdale and Skipton. After approximately 5 miles take the left turn signposted for Kirkby Lonsdale Town Centre. Follow this road to the junction and then go straight ahead down the hill.

The Church is in the centre of the town behind The Sun Inn.

Public Pay and Display Car parks are to be found in the Market Place, at Booths Supermarket and on New Road opposite the Post Office.

Limited parking for Blue Badge holders may be available if requested in advance. Please contact the LDSM office if required.

Admission

£10; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-03-aurelian-piano-trio

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Chilingirian Quartet 1

  • 6 August 2017 7:30-9:15pm

After Carole Presland’s recital last night, more Haydn and Beethoven connections: Prince Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz commissioned both the Op.77 set from Haydn – which proved to be his last, incomplete, set – and Beethoven’s first set of quartets, his Op.18, and both were written in 1799-1800. Op.18 No.4 is also the inspiration for Sally Beamish’s 1999 quartet, which uses four themes from the first movement of the Beethoven as the basis for the four short movements, combining the classical influences with a West Coast sensibility. The second of Elgar’s great E minor works from 1918 (see also the Violin Sonata tomorrow morning) captures the spirit of the woods surrounding his new home at Brinkwells

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

St Thomas's Church, Kendal
Stricklandgate
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 4QG
England

Getting there

St Thomas' Church is situated just outside Kendal Town Centre, at the north west end of Stricklandgate/Windermere Road (A6) opposite County Hall.

Free parking is available opposite in County Hall car park and on street.

Admission

£24, £16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-06-chilingirian-quartet-1

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Emily Sun (violin) Jennifer Hughes (piano)

  • 7 August 2017 11am-12:45pm

Schubert’s first set of three violin sonatas date from 1816, sunny and youthful and clearly influenced by his admiration for Mozart. By contrast, Elgar’s is an autumnal work, full of ‘wood magic’, with echoes in the first movement of the Aeolian harp he had wedged in the cottage’s window frame. Arguably the most popular of all Fauré’s chamber works, the A major Sonata makes its first-ever appearance at LDSM; Saint-Saëns wrote of it “a magic floats above everything, encompassing the whole work... With this, Fauré takes his place among the masters.” To close, a Muscovite’s take on Gershwin’s story of the crippled beggar transformed by his unexpected and improbable love.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Centre
Vicarage Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9DH
England

Getting there

Ambleside Parish Centre is situated in the centre of Ambleside, behind White Platts Recreation Ground. Pedestrian access is via the path at the side of The Gables Guest House, or via Vicarage Road by the side of Zeffirellis cinema. The centre can be found next to Rothay Park with the main entrance opposite the entrance to St Mary’s Church.

By car - follow the one way system north through Ambleside, turn left from Compston Road into the small road just past White Platts mini golf into the church grounds. *Wheelchair users parking only* at the venue. The nearest major car parks are: coming in from the south - on Lake Road, on Rothay Road opposite Rothay Garth Hotel - (postcode for GPS: LA22 0BT) and coming in from north at Rydal Road Car Park on right opposite University of Cumbria campus - (postcode for GPS: LA22 9BL).
There is a small amount of free parking by the church next to the centre with one disabled space available.

Admission

£16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-07-emily-sun-violin-jennifer-hughes-piano

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Luba Tunnicliffe (viola) Hannah Watson (piano)

  • 8 August 2017 8-9:45pm

Our annual partnership with this popular Hawkshead summer concert series presents Festival Début artists in this idyllic church on the hill. Both Schumann’s Fairy tale Pictures and Clarke’s Sonata take images from literature as their inspiration: the world of the Brothers Grimm and the poetry of Alfred de Musset.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Hawkshead Parish Church
Hawkshead
Cumbria
LA22 0NS
England

Getting there

Leave the M6 at J36 and take A590/A591 to Ambleside skirting round Kendal and Windermere.

From Ambleside follow signs for Coniston A593, over Rothay Bridge into Clappersgate. Take the first sharp left turning down the hill on to the B5286, signposted Hawkshead. The Church is located in the centre of the village.

Use the Pay and Display car park in the village centre.

Admission

Retiring Collection. Tickets cannot be booked in advance – just turn up at the door.

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-08-music-for-a-summer-evening

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Chilingirian Quartet 2

  • 8 August 2017 11am-12:45pm

Sir John McEwen’s beautiful and powerful quartet was composed in the middle of WW1 and culminates in a meditation on the old Scottish Lament Flowers of the Forest, originally composed to remember the fallen at the battle of Flodden in 1513. Wagner was among the first of many to value Beethoven’s Op.131 as his greatest quartet. Of the finale, he wrote: “One glance again has shown him the inner aspect of the world: he awakes and coaxes from the strings dance music such as the world has never heard. It is the dance of the world itself: wild pleasure, painful lament, the delights of love, highest bliss, woe, rage, ecstasy and sorrow; lightning flashes and thunder rolls: and over it all stands the tremendous concertmaster controlling and captivating, proudly and surely guiding us through whirlpools to the abyss: he is smiling at himself, for this magic was after all only a game to him. Night beckons – his task is done."

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)
Vicarage Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9DH
England

Getting there

The Church is situated in the centre of Ambleside, behind White Platts Recreation Ground. Pedestrian access is via the path at the side of The Gables Guest House, or via Vicarage Road by the side of Zeffirellis cinema. The Church can be found next to Rothay Park.

By car - follow the one way system north through Ambleside, turn left from Compston Road into the small road just past White Platts into the church grounds. *Wheelchair users parking only* at the venue. The nearest major car parks are: coming in from the south - on Lake Road, on Rothay Road opposite Rothay Garth Hotel - (postcode for GPS: LA22 0BT) and coming in from north at Rydal Road Car Park on right opposite University of Cumbria campus - (postcode for GPS: LA22 9BL)

Admission

£22, £16 restricted view; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-08-chilingirian-quartet-2

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In an English Country Garden

  • 9 August 2017 9:45-10:30pm

Celebrating all things floral, this late-night concert of unaccompanied sacred and secular choral pieces marks the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth with a selection of his madrigals, together with part-songs by Holst and Finzi, non Papa’s Marian motet Ego flos campi and Lassus’s Veni in hortum meum. The 45-minute programme will be introduced by members of a local group, the Herdwyck Consort, recent finalists in the Choir of the Year category of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

St Thomas's Church, Kendal
Stricklandgate
Kendal LA9 4QG
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 4QG
England

Getting there

St Thomas' Church is situated just outside Kendal Town Centre, at the north west end of Stricklandgate/Windermere Road (A6) opposite County Hall.

Free parking is available opposite in County Hall car park and on street.

Admission

£10; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-09-in-an-english-country-garden

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Duruflé Trio

  • 9 August 2017 11am-12:45pm

It is a pleasure to welcome back one of our ISMA ‘graduates’, violist Henrietta Hill, in her trio with its unusual combination with flute and piano. It takes its name from the composer Maurice Duruflé, renowned for his Requiem but whose only chamber work is the delightful 1928 gem that closes this morning’s concert.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Centre
Vicarage Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9DH
England

Getting there

Ambleside Parish Centre is situated in the centre of Ambleside, behind White Platts Recreation Ground. Pedestrian access is via the path at the side of The Gables Guest House, or via Vicarage Road by the side of Zeffirellis cinema. The centre can be found next to Rothay Park with the main entrance opposite the entrance to St Mary’s Church.

By car - follow the one way system north through Ambleside, turn left from Compston Road into the small road just past White Platts mini golf into the church grounds. *Wheelchair users parking only* at the venue. The nearest major car parks are: coming in from the south - on Lake Road, on Rothay Road opposite Rothay Garth Hotel - (postcode for GPS: LA22 0BT) and coming in from north at Rydal Road Car Park on right opposite University of Cumbria campus - (postcode for GPS: LA22 9BL).
There is a small amount of free parking by the church next to the centre with one disabled space available.

Admission

£16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-09-durufle-trio

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Berkeley Ensemble 1

  • 10 August 2017 8-9:45pm

The first of two concerts (see also tomorrow night) in a mini-residency marking this group’s LDSM début, but not its first visit to the district: for many years it was ensemble-in-residence at Queen Elizabeth School. In ‘Home-Thoughts, from Abroad’ poet Robert Browning writes of ‘the wise thrush... [who] sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!’. Toby Young’s dramatic curtain-raiser, written for tonight’s players, was inspired equally by this poem and by tonight’s closing work. Ibert’s WW1 bonne bouche prepares us for a père et fils conjunction, Michael’s work again written for this eponymous group while Lennox’s work was created by its forebears, the Melos Ensemble. Beethoven may have grown to despise the success of his Septet –’That damned thing! I wish it were burned!’– but we have cause to be grateful that it was not.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

St Thomas's Church, Kendal
Stricklandgate
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 4QG
England

Getting there

St Thomas' Church is situated just outside Kendal Town Centre, at the north west end of Stricklandgate/Windermere Road (A6) opposite County Hall.

Free parking is available opposite in County Hall car park and on street.

Admission

£24, £16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-10-berkeley-ensemble-1

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Alexandra Vaduva (piano)

  • 11 August 2017 11am-12:45pm

Romanian-born pianist Alexandra Vaduva brings our Festival Début strand to a close with a programme featuring WW1 music by her homeland’s greatest composer, whose piano works she is currently researching for her PhD at the Royal Academy of Music. Romanian influences also pervade Bartók’s work from the same time. From Schubert’s final piano sonata, heard last Saturday, we come to his earliest completed sonata, written as he turned 19.

It was the poet Rellstab (better known for Schubert’s use of his texts in Schwanengesang) who was responsible for the title by which Beethoven’s famous sonata is now universally known, in likening the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne... but then, he’d never seen Windermere...

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)
Vicarage Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9DH
England

Getting there

The Church is situated in the centre of Ambleside, behind White Platts Recreation Ground. Pedestrian access is via the path at the side of The Gables Guest House, or via Vicarage Road by the side of Zeffirellis cinema. The Church can be found next to Rothay Park.

By car - follow the one way system north through Ambleside, turn left from Compston Road into the small road just past White Platts into the church grounds. *Wheelchair users parking only* at the venue. The nearest major car parks are: coming in from the south - on Lake Road, on Rothay Road opposite Rothay Garth Hotel - (postcode for GPS: LA22 0BT) and coming in from north at Rydal Road Car Park on right opposite University of Cumbria campus - (postcode for GPS: LA22 9BL)

Admission

£16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2017-08-11-alexandra-vaduva-piano

Lake District Summer Music
Stricklandgate House
92 Stricklandgate
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 4PU
England

Website

www.ldsm.org.uk

E-mail

admin@ldsm.org.uk

Telephone

01539 742620

Fax

01539 742622

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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