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Published: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 03:13:50 +0000

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Community choir shares stage with Welsh male voice choir for RNLI fundraiser

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:06:02 +0000

WINDERMERE and Bowness Community Choir is joining choral ranks with Cor Bara Brith, a male voice choir from Anglesey, for a concert in aid of the RNLI.

REVIEW: polished and musically convincing performance that deserved a greater accolade from the audience

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:19:04 +0000

Westmorland Orchestra, Kendal Leisure Centre's Westmorland Hall

Choir chooses powerful piece full of drama, pathos and exhilarating rhythms

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:18:03 +0000

FURNESS Bach Choir performs its second concert under new musical director, Marco Bellasi, at Barrow's St James's Church on Saturday, March 24 (7.30pm) with a high profile guest at the piano. The centrepiece of the must-see concert is Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in its original setting for two pianos and harmonium, featuring world class pianist Anthony Hewitt. Anthony is well-known to the region's audiences not only for his superb playing, but also as artistic director of Ulverston International Music Festival. The second piano part will be performed by Pascal Pascaleff, a pupil of Anthony's. Pascal is from Sofia, Bulgaria, and is the inaugural Denis Matthews Scholar at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Colin Dean, also widely known locally for his services to music, will play the harmonium and reed organ part.

REVIEW: sublime musical journey with excellent blend and balance of voices

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:47:02 +0000

Levens Choir and Marian Consort, St George's Church, Kendal

Talented folk trio will play gig in Staveley

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:09 +0000

AN innovative trio making the most of the UK’s thriving folk scene are to play in Staveley’s Village Hall at the end of the month.

Festival promises another terrific week of music making

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:07:07 +0000

SOUTH Cumbria Musical Festival opens on Sunday (March 18) with a new chairman and another terrific week of music making in prospect.

Highly regarded youth orchestra tunes up for 'inspired' spring concert

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:45:03 +0000

YOUTH orchestras don't come much better than the Westmorland Youth Orchestra, an innovative ensemble that's been nurturing young musicians for nearly 70 years.

Pro Nobis Singers' In Contemplation

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 18:34:13 +0000

PRO Nobis Singers will be in fine voice on Sunday (March 18, 2.30pm) with a concert at Kendal's Holy Trinity and St George Catholic Church, on New Road. Conducted by Clive Walkley, the In Contemplation concert includes Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Parry's Songs of Farewell, Adrian Self's Seven Last Words and Renaissance Music for Passiontide. Ian Pattinson features on the organ. Admission is by programme and available from Northern Light Stained Glass, Blackhall Yard, Kendal.

Distinguished choral ensemble and renowned bassoonist team up to perform rare piece

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:36:06 +0000

RENOWNED Ambleside-based bassoonist Ursula Leveaux is joining forces with one of Cumbria's foremost chamber choirs, the Wordsworth Singers, for a spring concert on Saturday, March 17 (7.30pm), at Ambleside's St Mary’s Church, and on the Sunday, March 18 (3.30pm), at the chapel of Austin Friars School, Carlisle.

World class chamber orchestra returns to concert series

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:34:03 +0000

NEXT on in the outstanding Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society series is the Royal Northern Sinfonia, returning to Kendal Leisure Centre's Westmorland Hall on Saturday, March 17 (7.30pm) with an all Beethoven programme that opens with the German composer's 1801 Prometheus overture and finishes with his fourth symphony. The world class chamber orchestra's music director Lars Vogt - an accomplished concert pianist - will also be soloist performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto no 4 in G Major.

REVIEW: one of UK's best loved pianists enthrals audience with memorable performance

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:30:12 +0000

Haffner Orchestra and Martin Roscoe, Great Hall, Lancaster University

REVIEW: capacity audience transported back 600 years in imaginative musical drama

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:08:07 +0000

Emma Johnson and John Lenehan, Kendal Town Hall

Your guide to gigs in the Kendal area

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:01:21 +0000

THURSDAY: Burgundys, Kendal: Round Midnight . Unicorn Inn, Ambleside: Open Mic Night. Victoria Hall, Settle: Skerryvore. The Yorkshire House, Lancaster: tAngerinecAt and Cassie.

Top rock guitarist teams up with dance company

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:11:02 +0000

INSPIRED by the highly collectable paintings of north east based artist Alexander Millar, Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre has put together a celebration of the working class and the UK in all its industrial glory - Launch Day.

REVIEW: refined musicianship was at the helm throughout

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:41:17 +0000

Halle, Westmorland Hall, Kendal

Choir double bill celebrates the music of Thomas Tallis

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:09:07 +0000

COME Saturday (March 10, 7.30pm) and Levens Choir celebrates the music of Thomas Tallis, a towering figure of the English Renaissance.

Prizewinning young cellist in soloist spotlight

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 19:06:03 +0000

DVORAK'S remarkable Cello Concerto is the centrepiece of the next Westmorland Orchestra concert with a prizewinning young player centre stage.

Allegri in fine voice for two weekend performances

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:14:07 +0000

OWEN Davies' acclaimed Allegri Singers will be in fine voice this weekend performing at Cartmel Priory on Saturday (March 3, 7pm) and St Thomas's Church, Milnthorpe, on Sunday (4pm).

Rising star of classical music's conducting world takes to the podium

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:31:10 +0000

ONE of the nation's finest ensembles is back in town this weekend with a rising and dynamic star of the conducting world on the podium.

Manchester Camerata shares stage with Norwegian trumpet sensation

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:25:04 +0000

DEEMED Britain's most adventurous orchestra, Manchester Camerata returns to The Forum at Barrow on Sunday, March 4 (7.30pm) for an evening of popular classics, featuring two of today's most eminent female musicians, Norwegian trumpet sensation, Tine Thing Helseth, and Australian born conductor, Jessica Cottis.

School band in the swing for dazzling fundraiser

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:18:04 +0000

THE excellent Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band gets the 2018 Grange-over-Sands and District Concert Club season off to a dazzling start on Friday, March 9 (8pm) in special fundraiser for the seaside town's Victoria Hall.

Society in full swing with singing sisters and disco divas

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:11:02 +0000

GRANGE Amateur Operatic Society is in full swing this week staging Sister Act: the Musical.

Local schools team up with world class musicians

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:41:05 +0000

EMMA Johnson and John Lenehan need little introduction: Emma, probably the UK's most popular clarinettist; pianist John acclaimed worldwide for his performances and recordings. Both are in great demand as recitalists, chamber musicians, soloists and recording artists and together have enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration during their exploration of a vast range of musical genre.

REVIEW: treasured moments of pure beauty, poetic elegance and refined musicianship

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:19:02 +0000

Finghin Collins, Kendal Town Hall

Choir returns for more Music in Quiet Places

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:31:03 +0000

LEVENS Choir stages another in its Music in Quiet Places series, returning to the lovely church of Lower Tatham, near Kirkby Lonsdale, on Sunday, February 25 (2.30pm). Under the baton of highly respected musical director Ian Jones, the music will vary from Renaissance composers such as Thomas Tallis, Tomas de Victoria, and Francisco Guerrero, to 21st Century works by Bob Chilcott and Howard Skempton. The afternoon concert also includes a 'folk' interlude from a group within the popular choir, Ad Lib (Gill Smith, Christine Wood, Joyce Tedcastle and Jan Burgess), plus instrumental music from the choir's scholars. Looking ahead, Levens Choir joins forces with the Marian Consort on March 10 for a concert of music by Thomas Tallis.

Kim Wilde is back on tour

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:13:00 +0000

SHE was the golden girl of Eighties’ pop with a string of hits, a Brit Award and sold out tours to her name.

Clannad star to play show in Cumbria

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:42:00 +0000

MOYA Brennan, voice of esteemed Celtic band Clannad, is to play a show at Barrow as part of her international tour to showcase her new studio album ‘Canvas’.

Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Pink Floyd and The Jam - they all played at Lancaster University

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:25:10 +0000

A MUSIC promoter who made some of the world's biggest bands from the '60s and '70s accessible to South Lakeland residents has written a book about his work.

One of the UK's most respected and popular pianists shares stage with local orchestra

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:04:10 +0000

JONNY Lo conducts his second concert with Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra on Saturday, February 24, with a very special guest in the spotlight.

More voices needed for major concert

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:09:10 +0000

CUMBRIA Festival Chorus' next project is a celebration of the music of Hubert Parry, probably best known for writing Jerusalem.

Pop star Britney Spears announces Blackpool gig

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:19:29 +0000

International pop icon Britney Spears will be bringing her 'Britney: Piece of Me' show Blackpool this September.

Punk duo The Lovely Eggs embark on a country-wide tour

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:50:00 +0000

HOT on the heels of their rammed and raucous autumn tour, Lancaster’s very own northern psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs are to go out on tour in February.

Top flight pianist plays Kendal midday concert

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:33:08 +0000

ONE of Ireland's most successful musicians is the star turn at the next Kendal Midday Concert Club fortnightly concert on Wednesday, February 21.

REVIEW: piano concerto is tour de force for soloist and orchestra

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:36:15 +0000

Lakeland Sinfonia and Pascal Roge, Westmorland Hall, Kendal Leisure Centre

World class Chinese guitarist plays university performance

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 19:20:04 +0000

INTERNATIONAL virtuoso guitarist Xuefei Yang performs a ravishing selection of music by composers Legnani, Bach and Changjun as part of the Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University contemporary arts season. Xuefei - who plays the university's Great Hall on Thursday, February 8 (7.30pm) - was the first ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, and apparently became the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage. She has played in more than 50 countries at numerous prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in London. Her programme also includes a work by a Chinese female composer, Chen Yi. Box office Lancaster Arts on 01524-594151.

Fine dining and classical music on festival menu

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:27:04 +0000

THE soothing sounds of Beethoven, Schubert and Janá?ek will be among the highlights of Askham Hall’s 2018 Classical Music Festival Weekend.

Highly regarded London church choir heads north for concert

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:38:03 +0000

ONE of London's leading mixed voiced church choirs is tuning up and heading our way.

REVIEW: near perfect performance from renowned piano duo

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:30:11 +0000

Lisney-Briggs Duo, Kendal Town Hall

Brewery hosts some of best contemporary folk

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:37:05 +0000

FOLK fans can experience a double bill of traditional music with a modern contemporary twist at the Brewery next week.

World class French pianist brings his renowned virtuosity to Kendal

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:37:10 +0000

EXCITEMENT is building around the next Lakeland Sinfonia concert.

Highly regarded choral ensemble seeks more singers

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:20:16 +0000

PRO Nobis Singers are in fine voice and rehearsing for their 2018 spring and summer concerts. However, 2019 is already in their sights - the choir's 50th birthday.

Some of the region's best known musicians feature in lunchtime recital programme

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:34:12 +0000

ORGAN recitals at Kendal Parish Church return for 2018 with the first on January 19 courtesy of Andy Plowman.

REVIEW: top quality performance of remarkable music provides unforgettable experience

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:31:03 +0000

Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble, Kendal Town Hall

REVIEW: musicianship of the highest quality

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:33:08 +0000

Manchester Camerata, Kendal Leisure Centre's Westmorland Hall, Kendal

Sting's must-see musical sails into the spotlight

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:19:00 +0000

HE MAY be one of the world’s best selling artists but Sting is remarkably self-effacing when it comes to his musical, The Last Ship, which will be touring the UK for the first time this year, writes JOHN ANSON.

Popular midday concerts return after festive break with performance by esteemed ensemble

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 13:08:00 +0000

KENDAL Midday Concert Club returns after the festive break to its Kendal Town Hall home with a performance next Wednesday (January 10) from the esteemed Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble. Popular midday musician Sarah Beth Briggs teams up with fellow pianist James Lisney on January 24; chamber music masters, the Gould Piano Trio, perform on February 7; one of Ireland's most successful musicians, pianist Finghin Collins, plays Kendal on February 21; clarinettist, Emma Johnson and pianist, John Lenehan return to KMCC on March 7 and the Piatti Quartet complete the 2017/2018 season on March 21.

Star-studded line-up in Brewery Arts Centre new season

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 12:47:00 +0000

RENOWNED punk poet John Cooper Clarke is among the star-studded line-up blazing a trail to Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre.

Concert society's Viennese Gala promises a dazzling night of music

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:46:00 +0000

A HEFTY helping of music by the renowned Waltz King is a terrific way to start the New Year.

REVIEW: choir's Messiah is a truly emotional and meaningful journey

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:24:00 +0000

Ulverston Choral Society, St Marys Parish Church, Ulverston