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Audience gets spellbound by RNS

The phrase ‘eagerly-awaited’ is much over-used, but with the absence of live orchestral music in Kendal for 18 months, I’m sure on this occasion it rings true. What a fine concert the Royal Northern Sinfonia gave us on Saturday16 October! Given the present anxieties over the Covid pandemic, perhaps it is not surprising that there […]

A performance beyond outstanding

Royal Northern Sinfonia – Beethoven 250th Anniversary Concert 22nd February 2020 There are occasions when performances reach such a high standard that conventional, everyday adjectives are inadequate to describe them. The recent concert given by the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the Westmorland Hall was such an occasion. ‘Outstanding’ fails to describe what we heard: perhaps […]

Irresistible energy and opulent orchestration

Saturday 18 January 2020 saw a visit to Kendal’s Leisure Centre by the Hallé orchestra with the Japanese guest conductor, Kazuki Yamada, and Ulverston saxophonist, Jess Gillam, as soloist. Born in Ulverston, Jess is a familiar figure in South Lakeland but is now widely-known as a soloist on the international stage. She is also a TV and […]

Some feedback from the Messiah concert

“I thought the concert was absolutely fantastic, it is my favourite of all the Lakeland Sinfonia concerts that I have attended. Congratulations to the organisers on arranging a really wonderful evening. “ “What a magnificent Messiah on Saturday.” “I think that was the best Lakeland Sinfonia concert I have ever been to.” “Wow! That was AMAZING.”

Messiah – a truly transcendental masterpiece

Handel’s Messiah must surely be one of the most popular choral works of all time, and on Saturday 14 December the Westmorland Hall was almost full to capacity to hear the work performed professionally by the Dunedin Consort under its distinguished Director, John Butt. The Dunedin Consort is Scotland’s leading baroque ensemble and so what […]

50 years of the Lakeland Sinfonia – 30th Nov 2019

Lakeland Sinfonia Review: Saturday 30 November On November 30,1968, a new local orchestra appeared on the concert scene, Kendal Chamber Orchestra. Several years later the orchestra was renamed the Lakeland Sinfonia and on Saturday, November 30, the foundation of the orchestra was remembered in the Westmorland Hall in what was billed as the 50th anniversary […]

Ballet on the rostrum

Royal Northern SinfoniaWestmorland Hall, Saturday 9 November 2019 The Royal Northern Sinfonia made a welcome return to the Westmorland Hall on Saturday 9 November for a concert of music by Prokofiev and Mozart under the direction of Julian Rachlin.             The concert opened with Julian Rachlin as violin soloist in Prokofiev’s  second violin concerto, a […]

Lively hoedown opens the 2019-20 season

Royal Northern Sinfonia ConcertWestmorland Hall, Saturday 5 October 2019 The Royal Northern Sinfonia opened the Lakeland Sinfonia’s new season of concerts with an all American programme. Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Philip Glass were the three composers represented in this enterprising concert. The cleverly–devised programme  included two well-known works and two substantial works probably less […]

A perfect finale to the 2018/19 season

BBC Philharmonic Concert Review Saturday 27 April 2019 The Lakeland Sinfonia’s current season of concerts came to an end with a visit from the BBC Philharmonic. It is always thrilling when a large professional symphony orchestra visits Kendal and the concert on April 27 did not disappoint; in fact, the coming together of a fine […]

Enduring sunshine on a wet March night

Whilst Storm Gareth ensured the rain poured outside (and then some!), audiences inside the Westmorland Hall at Kendal Leisure Centre, attending the latest offering by Lakeland Sinfonia, were treated to a programme of enduring sunshine. Centrepiece of this concert was a performance of Mendelssohn’s ever-popular E minor violin concerto. His last large orchestral work, it […]