Westmorland Music Festival

The Mary Wakefield Westmorland Music Festival in Cumbria dates back to the mid 19th century.

It is open to choirs and individuals from towns, villages and schools in the old County of Westmorland or within a radius of twenty five miles from Kendal.

Founded in 1885, it one of the earliest competitive music festivals, and certainly the earliest to focus particularly on choral music. Many other festivals have been inspired by this example, and it continues to hold a very special place not just in the local area but nationally.

From its beginnings with competitions between small rural choirs, the programme has expanded to include workshop and presentation days for both Primary and Secondary schools, a comprehensive timetable of adjudicated classes for vocalists and instrumentalists of all age groups, and other events such as ‘Bring and Sing’ concerts which will be Mozart’s Requiem and the recently introduced Festival Showcase concert.

The Festival usually concludes with a major choral concert featuring a large scale work beyond the scope of any one choral society, bringing together singers from many local choral societies under the baton of an invited conductor.

The Festival still maintains its local entry qualification, and does not give money prizes. Many of the trophies carry the names of the families who gave them and several are nearly as old as the Festival itself.

For further information visit the Mary Wakefield Westmorland Music Festival website.

Lake District Summer Music

Lake District Summer Music is a closely integrated Festival and Summer Music Academy.

Annual festivals present diverse and varied programmes performed by international musicians and ensembles, many of whom are brought to the area for the first time.

Cumbria’s inspiring landscape adds an incomparable dimension to the festival with venues including atmospheric historic churches and halls found in the region’s villages and towns.

Educational projects integrated with the festivals are designed to nurture young talented musicians, providing high quality training and public performance opportunities.

International Summer Music Academy from 5 – 17 August 2013

For violin, viola, cello, string quartets, piano trios and other string-only or string/piano ensembles.

LDSM International Summer Music Academy offers Inspiring Coaching with leading International Artists.  The event has been listed as “top 10 festive festivals” in the world by the Daily Telegraph.

Set at Brathay Hall on the shores of Windermere in the heart of the inspirational English Lake District, this course provides special opportunities for musicians pursuing a professional career in music.

Meet colleagues, broaden horizons and learn from some of the most distinguished professionals.

The facility offers tutorial rooms, quality rehearsal pianos, a specialised music library, comfortable accommodation, and good food.

To find out more, visit the Lake District Summer Music website.

Kendal Midday Concert Club

The Kendal Midday Concert Club presents fortnightly concerts in Kendal Town Hall, Cumbria on Wednesdays from October to March.

Twelve concerts are presented during the season which begins in October each year and continues till Easter.

Well established musicians are a regular feature as well as outstanding professional artists at the beginning of their careers, many of whom subsequently attain international status.

2013 / 2014 will be the 70th anniversary season, the highlight of which will be a gala concert and reception on Wednesday 30th October 2013 when Martino Tirimo and his Rosamunde Trio will perform two Beethoven Trios.

For Season Ticket and Membership information visit the Kendal Midday Concert Club website.