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Published: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:11:50 +0000

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REVIEW: orchestra shines during exuberant performance

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:13:00 +0000

The Westmorland Orchestra, Kendal Leisure Centre

REVIEW: stunning Christmas production with surprises and drama at every scene change

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:32:00 +0000

THE classic children’s novel The Secret Garden gets a modern, dark makeover by Jessica Swale for Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake’s stunning Christmas production, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

Looking for a book to buy for friends or family this Christmas? Check out our recommendations

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:43:00 +0000

The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon and Schuster)

REVIEW: Strauss' Radetsky March brings curtain down on excellent youth orchestra performance

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:21:00 +0000

Westmorland Youth Orchestra, The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge

REVIEW: much to admire and enjoy during highly skilled piano and viola pairing's midday performance

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:38:00 +0000

Emma Richards (viola) and Duncan Honeybourne (piano), Kendal Town Hall

BOOKS: evocative and vividly observed book that discovers the special magic and beautiful landscapes of many of the UK's islands

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 15:16:00 +0000

Islander: A Journey Around our Archipelago by Patrick Barkham, £20

BOOKS: a fascinating journey through the life of a West Cumbrian town and its people

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 10:53:00 +0000

Workington at Work by Derek Woodruff, £14.99

REVIEW: choir in sparkling form to mark great composer's birthday

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:13:00 +0000

Kendal South Choir, St Thomas' Church, Kendal

BOOK REVIEW: Memorable characters in the first of the Poldark series

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:47:58 +0000

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (Pan)

BOOK REVIEW: Fear and betrayal in Cold War Russia

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:03:50 +0000

Defectors by Joseph Kanon (Simon and Schuster)

BOOK REVIEW: an inspiration for anyone who loves animals

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:22:00 +0000

A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons by Julian Norton, £14.99

REVIEW: pianist extraordinaire gives memorable recital

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:18:00 +0000

Pianist, Joseph Houston, Kendal Town Hall

REVIEW: music-making of the highest quality

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:25:00 +0000

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Westmorland Hall, Kendal

BOOK REVIEW: the sometimes overlooked beauty of Cumbria’s neighbouring county

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:02:00 +0000

Lancashire in Photographs by Jon Sparks, £16.99

BOOK REVIEW: more trials and tribulations in Yorkshire family saga

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000

The Windfell Family Secrets by Diane Allen, £6.99

Win ten great books in our fabulous competition

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:42:57 +0000

Today's Westmorland Gazette includes a fabulous 32-page Good Christmas Guide, which is packed full of super features and bright ideas to help you plan for the coming festive season - and there's also the chance to win ten great books in our fantastic competition.

Charles Burns pulled into boardroom in this week's episode of The Apprentice

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:01:27 +0000

RADCLIFFE'S Charles Burns has made it through to another week of BBC One show The Apprentice.

BOOK REVIEW: well plotted and full of Yorkshire wit and charm

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:25:00 +0000

Date With Malice by Julia Chapman, £7.99

BOOK REVIEW: a truly inspirational tale

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:21:00 +0000

Ascent by Chris Bonington, £20

REVIEW: highly distinguished artists take time to establish their undoubted finesse

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Pro-Musica Trio, Kendal Town Hall

BOOK REVIEW: A new classic spy novel from John Le Carre

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:08:29 +0000

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre (Viking)

BOOK REVIEW: a very special, beautifully bound book that unlocks the power of silence

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:27:00 +0100

Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge, £9.99

REVIEW: an evening’s music-making of the highest quality

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:18:00 +0100

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Westmorland hall, Kendal Leisure Centre

BOOK REVIEW: a fascinating look at the life and history of England's deepest lake

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:36:00 +0100

One Man's Windermere by Bob Orrell, £14.50

REVIEW: a wondrous display of musicianship, ensemble work, rhythmic dexterity and technical command

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:36:00 +0100

Manchester Camerata, Kendal Town Hall

BOOK REVIEW: a nostalgic look at the Lake District’s past

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 15:25:00 +0100

The Lake District by Billy F K Howarth, £14.99

BOOK REVIEW: secret diary that reveals the extraordinary trials of three sisters during the Russian revolution

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:35:00 +0100

Miss Daisy's Secret Russian Diary 1916-1918 edited by Muriel Delahaye, £9.99

REVIEW: Griff Rhys-Jones at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:19:05 +0100

Where Was I? (Work in Progress Performance): Griff Rhys Jones at the Old Laundry Theatre

BOOK REVIEW: What would it be like to be more than 400 years old?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:40:38 +0100

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate).

BOOK REVIEW: series of books that really has saved the very best until last

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:02:00 +0100

Cycling Climbs of North-West England by Simon Warren, £8.99

BOOK REVIEW: journeys into wild landscapes and the people who inhabit them

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +0100

Where the Wild Winds Are by Nick Hunt, £16.99

BOOK REVEW: Fascinating insight into Emperor Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 10:21:57 +0100

Napoleon and Wellington by Andrew Roberts (Weidenfield and Nicholson).

BOOK REVIEW: a devastating quest for a truth shrouded in time and new technology

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 15:58:00 +0100

Liquidity by Rosco Low, £8.99

BOOK REVIEW: how nature gave the British soldiers of the Great War a reason to fight and the will to go on

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:20:11 +0100

Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel, £20

BOOK REVIEW: a rare chance to combine the old and the new in a brilliant and insightful book

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:11:00 +0100

Words from the Wildwood by Robert Gambles, £12

BOOK REVIEW: each chapter offers a different person's story

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 10:01:00 +0100

Ivver Sen by Keith Richardson, pastel drawings by Keith Bowen, £20

BOOK REVIEW: delving beneath the surface of a ancient market town revealing a lesser-known and unsavoury past

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:36:00 +0100

Secret Kendal by Andrew Graham Stables, £14.99

BOOK REVIEW: a watercolour journey through the streets and along the canals of a unique city

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:32:00 +0100

Venice - A Watercolour Journey by PL Hobbs, £39

REVIEW: perfectly paced gem of a play that captures family tensions and relationships

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:18:00 +0100

Remarkable Invisible at The Studio, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

REVIEW: many further delights in second week of superb Lake District Summer Music

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:35:00 +0100

THERE were many further delights in the second week of Lake District Summer Music's 2017 programme, one of which was the early music recital at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness, writes CLIVE WALKLEY. This was the ideal venue for a recital of songs and music for virginals by the young soprano Gwendolen Martin and her accompanist Tom Primrose; its central hall is possibly no larger than the some of the rooms in which the music on the programme would have been heard when first written.

BOOK REVIEW: beautiful little guide that offers an insight into the history, the secrets and the passions of a remarkable community

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:52:00 +0100

Ambleside: The Gruff Guide by Paul Renouf and Sarah Waterhouse, £9.99

BOOK REVIEW: the little town at the ‘end of a cul-de-sac’ has many secrets just waiting to be discovered

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:47:00 +0100

Secret Barrow-in-Furness by Gill Jepson, £14.99

Great travel guides that really enhance your trip

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:07:09 +0100

Lonely Planet travel guides to Slovenia, Austria and Italy (Lonely Planet)

REVIEW: award-winning string quartet shares festival stage with acclaimed baritone

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:01:00 +0100

THE award-winning Villiers String Quartet made their debut appearance at Lake District Summer Music in an attractive programme at St Thomas’s Church, Kendal, writes CLIVE WALKLEY.

REVIEW: festival recital by distinguished duo displays artistic partnership at its best

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:58:00 +0100

ROBERT Cohen and Carole Presland both have a long association with Lake District Summer Music, writes CLIVE WALKLEY.

REVIEW: immaculate playing from prizewinning quartet

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:17:00 +0100

THE number of young string quartets appearing on our concert platforms seems to mushroom year by year, the result perhaps of the numerous chamber music competitions open to young players nearing the end of their conservatoire training, writes CLIVE WALKLEY.

BOOK REVIEW: entertaining guide that follows one man's personal journey over 500 summits

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 14:37:00 +0100

The Top 500 Summits: A Lifetime of Hillwalking by Barry K Smith, £25

BOOK REVIEW: on the trail of monastic houses that thrived in medieval times

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 10:41:00 +0100

A Lancashire Monastic Way by John Convey, £9.95

REVIEW: ensemble's exquisite singing was an evening to remember

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:37:00 +0100

The King's Men, St George`s Church, Kendal