Beethoven – sold out after 250 years

The Beethoven concert on Feb 22nd 2020 at which we celebrate his 250th birthday has sold out, proving that the master is as popular as ever. The concert features three of his greatest works, which are very contrasting. One written by Beethoven the performer, one by Beethoven the conductor (written when he had become too […]

Halle / Jess Gillam

What a concert! The Halle were majestic, Jess Gillam was brilliant, and the audience was awe-struck by the saxaphone concerto. How does she play such a complicated piece so calmly? When Jess played her encore the audience was so enthralled they were silent – you could hear Jess gulping in air for that ethereal encore.

Dunedin Consort Triumph Again

‘The best Messiah performance ever’ according to one of the audience enthralled the audience at the Christmas concert. What a triumph by the Dunedin Consort. Let’s hope we can tempt them back again soon for another choral work.

A celebration of our 50 years

On November 30th 2019 we celebrated our 50 years of live classical orchestral music in Kendal, with a concert attended by some of the original players from 1968. It was 51 years to the day since that first concert by the Kendal Chamber Orchestra, which later developed into the Lakeland Sinfonia. The Steinway piano played […]

25 Years of National Lottery Support to the Arts

You may have seen various online celebrations and events to mark 25 years of the National Lottery. We’d like to add our congratulations – without the National Lottery funding for Arts Council England, there’d be much less support available for arts organisations such as Lakeland Sinfonia.

Stradivarius with a diamond

The violin played by Julian Rachlin at our November 9th concert was a Stradivarius; the one known as the ‘Ex-Leibig’. Apparently it is one of the best sounding, though certainly not the most expensive, and has a diamond within the fine tuning mechanism. It certainly sounded good!

Parking at November 9th concert

We have been informed by Kendal Leisure Centre that there will be a swimming gala held at the Leisure Centre on November 9th 2019; the gala is due to end at 7pm and will be winding down as concert-goers arrive from around 6pm. There is expected to be congestion in the car park at the […]

June 2019: New Trustee Appointed

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Catherine Alexander has been appointed as a Trustee for the society. She brings a wealth of legal, financial and managerial experience to help us sustain the concert series well into the future.

April 2019: Grant awarded by local council

We are very pleased to announce that South Lakeland District Council has awarded the Society a grant for the 2019-20 season in recognition of the value that our live classical music concerts bring to the South Lakeland areas. We thank them for their continued support.

March 2019: Arts Council England grant awarded

The Society is grateful to have been awarded a grant by Arts Council England for the 2019-20 season of concerts. The Society has to apply each year, and each year ACE has less and less money to go round all the worthy causes that apply for grants. We are grateful to be able to continue […]