Lake District Summer Music

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Known affectionately as LDSM, we celebrate our 30thAnniversary Festival and Academy in August 2015.
Join us from 1-14 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.

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Françoise-Green piano duo

Françoise-Green piano duo

  • 4 August 2015 11am-12:45pm

A morning of masterworks. Mozart's only sonata for two pianos was written while he was fending for himself after his final break with his Salzburg employer, Archbishop Colleredo. Stravinsky composed his 'concerto' (sans orchestra) in Paris for himself and his son Soulima to perform. Debussy's WW1 work En blanc et noir is said to have been inspired by the shades of grey (!) in the paintings of Velásquez. We go to a single keyboard for Schubert's Fantasie in F minor, dedicated to Countess Caroline von Esterházy.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Church
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)

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/ambleside-parish-church-st-marys

Admission

£22, £14 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/2015-08-04-francoise-green-piano-duo

Gregor Horsch

Cello and piano recital

  • 5 August 2015 8-9:45pm

JS Bach Cello Suite No.5 in C minor
Kodály Cello Sonata, Op.4
Sibelius Cantique (Lætare anima mea)
Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor
Beethoven Cello Sonata No.3 in A
Cantique marks both the WW1 centenary and the composer's 150th anniversary.
We also mark the centenary of the composition of Debussy's patriotic work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Church
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)

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/ambleside-parish-church-st-marys

Admission

£23, £15 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/2015-08-05-gregor-horsch-cello-andrew-brownell-piano

Manon Quartet

LDSM Academy Artists

  • 6 August 2015 5-6:15pm

JS Bach movts from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor
Prokofiev Sonata in C major for 2 violins
JS Bach Prelude from Cello Suite No.3 in C
Kodály Duo for violin and cello
The climax of this afternoon's concert is Kodály's 1914 Duo: trapped in Switzerland at the outbreak of the war, he hitched a lift on a lorry back to Austria and wrote this work out on borrowed manuscript paper.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House
near Bowness
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 3JT
England

Getting there

From the South by car
Leave the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere (dual carriageway). At the roundabout at the end of the dual carriageway take the first left, following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T junction at the bottom of a hill, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Follow the blue RAC signs and after ½ mile fork right on to the B5360.

From the North by car
Leave the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. At Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere, follow the blue RAC signs to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) on the B5360.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/blackwell-arts-crafts-house-near-bowness

Admission

£16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk
Present your Blackwell concert ticket at the Arts & Crafts House ticket desk after 2pm and get £1 off the admission price to the House.

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2015-08-06-ldsm-academy-artists

Edith Piaf

Piaf Tribute Concert

  • 7 August 2015 8:15-10pm

2015 is the centenary of the birth of Edith Piaf – who gained her Christian name, as so many French and Belgian girls born after October 1915, in response to the death of Edith Cavell in front of a German firing squad. We mark this double anniversary with classics including La vie en rose, Hymne à I'amour, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien sung by long-time Piaf devotee Tina May accompanied by Nikki Iles (piano), Karen Street (accordion) and Julie Walkington (double bass).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Zeffirellis
Compston Road
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 9AD
England

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/zeffirellis-ambleside

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/2015-08-07-piaf-tribute-concert

Roger Chase

Viola and piano recital

  • 7 August 2015 12-1:30pm

JS Bach/Kodály Fantasia Cromatica for solo viola
Bliss Viola Sonata
York Bowen Melody on the G string (1917)
Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82 Nos.1, 7 & 9
Schumann Märchenbilder for viola and piano

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.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/ambleside-parish-centre

Admission

£16 inc tea/coffee & biscuits; 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/2015-08-07-music-at-noon

Kazuki Sawa & Emiko Tadenuma

LDSM Artists Ensemble

  • 8 August 2015 11am-12:45pm

Schubert Violin Sonatina No.1 in D
Janáček Violin Sonata
Szymanowski Notturno e Tarantella
Dvořák Piano Quintet No.1 in A, Op.5
Janáček wrote his Sonata "at the beginning of the war, when we were expecting the Russians in Moravia"; Szymanowski's work dates from 1915.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Ambleside Parish Church
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)

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/ambleside-parish-church-st-marys

Admission

£23, £15 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/2015-08-08-ldsm-artists-ensemble

Emily Hennessey

Firebird: a Russian folktale

  • 9 August 2015 3-4pm

Young prince Ivan is the laughing stock of his older brothers. But now, with a golden feather in his hand, he must embark on a challenging adventure to find the most extraordinary creature of all. With an ancient donkey as his steed and not a penny in his pocket, things aren’t looking good for Ivan. Being scared of the dark isn’t helping either! But when a mysterious grey wolf and a rather unusual princess turn up, things take a rather different turn…

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Carver Church
Lake Road
Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 2BY
England

Getting there

Carver United Reformed Church is situated on Lake Road, just off New Road (A5074), about half way between Windermere and Bowness. From Windermere village turn left at The Baddeley Clock and the church will be found on your right. From Bowness turn right at The Baddeley Clock and the church will be found on your right.

There is a small woodland car park opposite the church; otherwise park on the road. The Church noticeboard indicates the location of the accessible car park.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/carver-church-windermere

Admission

£16 inc tea/coffee & biscuits; 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/2015-08-09-firebird-a-russian-folktale

Timothy Orpen

Clarinet, violin and piano chamber concert

  • 10 August 2015 11am-12:45pm

Finzi Five Bagatelles
Stravinsky Three pieces for solo clarinet (1919)
Bliss Pastoral (1913-14)
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata
Milhaud Suite for clarinet, violin and piano
Stravinsky Soldier's Tale Suite (1918)
Bliss wrote his Pastoral in the shadow of war while studying with Stanford at the RCM; it was first heard in 1916. Stravinsky wrote his Three pieces as (belated) thanks to the Swiss financier (and amateur clarinettist) who funded The Soldier's Tale, from whose music this concert suite was extracted.

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.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/ambleside-parish-centre

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/2015-08-10-timothy-orpen-clarinet-levon-chilingirian-violin-andrew-brownell

4-MALITY

4-MALITY PERCUSSION QUARTET with Sarah Castle MEZZO-SOPRANO

  • 12 August 2015 8-9:45pm

After its 2013 sell-out performance LDSM immediately began plans for a return visit by this great ensemble, and tonight the rafters will resonate to marimbas, vibraphones, cymbals, tubular bells, scaffolding pipes, tam-tams, woodblocks, cowbells, drums of all shapes and sizes… and a Korean snapstick!
Jan Bradley's new work for mezzo Sarah Castle and percussion quartet sets texts by three female WW1 poets (French, German and Irish).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Carver Church
Lake Road
Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 2BY
England

Getting there

Carver United Reformed Church is situated on Lake Road, just off New Road (A5074), about half way between Windermere and Bowness. From Windermere village turn left at The Baddeley Clock and the church will be found on your right. From Bowness turn right at The Baddeley Clock and the church will be found on your right.

There is a small woodland car park opposite the church; otherwise park on the road. The Church noticeboard indicates the location of the accessible car park.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/carver-church-windermere

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/2015-08-12-4-mality-percussion-quartet

Ursula Smith

Cello and piano recital

  • 12 August 2015 8-9:45pm

Beethoven Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen
Schumann Funf Stücke im Volkston
Dvořák Waldesruhe (Silent Woods)
Dvořák Polonaise
Kodály Capriccio (1915)
Sibelius Malinconia
Fauré Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Victoria Hall
Main Street
Grange-over-Sands
Cumbria
LA11 6DP
England

Getting there

Grange-over-Sands can be accessed by train. The station is 10 minutes walk from the Hall.
If travelling by car, Grange is just 20 minutes drive from Junction 36 of the M6, and on the B5277 from the A590/591.
Pay-and-display parking is available opposite the Hall which is 5 minutes walk from the town centre.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/victoria-hall-grange-over-sands

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/2015-08-12-ursula-smith-cello-emiko-tadenuma-piano

Benjamin Appl

Song recital

  • 13 August 2015 8-9:45pm

Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (1909-11)
Schubert Die schöne Müllerin

A friend of Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth was killed in 1916 in the Battle of the Somme, one of the 'lads that will die in their hundreds and never grow old', as Housman's poignant Shropshire Lad poetry foretold.
Continuing in pastoral mood, Schubert's great song cycle, the first of its kind, tells the story of an apprentice miller's unrequited love for his employer's daughter.
German baritone Benjamin Appl is a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme and was mentored by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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.

Pay and Display Parking is available opposite in County Hall car park (free after 5pm at time of writing but due to change) and on street.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/st-thomass-church-kendal

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/2015-08-13-benjamin-appl-baritone-james-baillieu-piano

Yuko Inoue

Viola Extravaganza

  • 13 August 2015 5-6:15pm

JS Bach Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV1004
Halvorsen arr Tertis Passacaglia on Handel's Harpsichord Suite No.7 in G minor
York Bowen Fantasie Quartet in E minor for four violas (1907)
Bridge Lament for two violas (1912)
Dale Introduction and Andante for six violas (1911)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House
near Bowness
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 3JT
England

Getting there

From the South by car
Leave the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere (dual carriageway). At the roundabout at the end of the dual carriageway take the first left, following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T junction at the bottom of a hill, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Follow the blue RAC signs and after ½ mile fork right on to the B5360.

From the North by car
Leave the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. At Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere, follow the blue RAC signs to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) on the B5360.

Additional info

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/visit/venues/blackwell-arts-crafts-house-near-bowness

Admission

£16; Concessions of 50% to under-18s, students and jobseekers. Please phone 01539 742621 to book or visit www.ldsm.org.uk
Present your Blackwell concert ticket at the Arts & Crafts House ticket desk after 2pm and get £1 off the admission price to the House.

Website

http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2015-08-13-viola-extravaganza

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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