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Haydn’s Mass in Time of War is centrepiece of Haffner Orchestra's opening concert of new season

10:20am Saturday 27th September 2014

Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra opens its new season on Saturday, November 15.

Kendal Millennium Youth Choir and Otto Voce share the choral stage

The Westmorland Gazette: Award-winning Otto Voco

3:16pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

KENDAL Millennium Youth Choir is staging a joint concert under the banner of Two For The Price of One with Tracie Penwarden's award-winning female choir Otto Voce at St Thomas' Church, Milnthorpe, on Saturday, October 18 (7.30pm).

Talented percussionist lands this year's prestigious Keldwyth Award

The Westmorland Gazette: This year's Keldwyth Award finalists, from left and right: Faye Lewis, Amy Shaw, Taneli Clarke and Heather Storer.

11:18am Wednesday 24th September 2014

THIS year's Keldwyth Award Final was held at Grange-over-Sands' Victoria Hall.

Highly respected Lakeland concert society celebrates four decades of top music

10:10am Saturday 20th September 2014

Autumn is just around the corner and a new and exciting Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society season beckons.

REVIEW: Christian Rodska shines as Alan Bennett in Untold Stories

The Westmorland Gazette:

5:21pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

CHRISTIAN Rodska, playing Alan Bennett in Untold Stories, is quite simply outstanding.

Jazz legends Courtney Pine and Dennis Rollins to headline Lancaster Jazz Festival

The Westmorland Gazette: Courtney Pine is coming to Harrow Arts Centre

11:30am Saturday 13th September 2014

INTERNATIONAL jazz legends Courtney Pine and Dennis Rollins will headline the fourth Lancaster Jazz Festival this month (September 18-21).

Wisconsin guitar virtuoso Willy Porter announces Penrith show

The Westmorland Gazette:

11:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

GUITAR virtuoso and Wisconsin native Willy Porter has announced a show at Penrith Playhouse on September 26.

Chart-toppers British Sea Power prepare for Kendal homecoming gig

The Westmorland Gazette:

9:41am Saturday 13th September 2014

CHART-TOPPING band British Sea Power are coming home to Kendal with a typically special show this November.

Theatre by the Lake classics concert leaves audience spellbound

11:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The last of Splash Classics’ enterprising concerts, organised around the theme of The Four Elements’, was a multimedia presentation of the fourth element in the series, Earth.

The Lindisfarne Story comes to Keswick this weekend

The Westmorland Gazette:

10:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

THIS Sunday will see Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake host ‘The Lindisfarne Story’ - the inside story of Tyneside’s most-loved band.

South Cumbria musical comedy duo The Hairy Buskers promise 'dressing up, audience participation and mayhem'

The Westmorland Gazette:

6:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

THE Hairy Buskers describe themselves as a ‘musiedy’ (musical comedy) duo and promise ‘dressing up, audience participation and mayhem’ from their increasingly popular shows.

Windermere-born musician Father Funk's star is on the rise

The Westmorland Gazette:

4:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

‘IF you’re not having fun, why are you doing it?’ is the motto of Windermere-born Father Funk - a rising star in the Breaks and ever-growing Ghetto Funk scene.

Kendal band Postilion aiming high with release of new single

The Westmorland Gazette:

5:04pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THEY may be barely out of their teens but Kendal band Postilion are, in their own words, ‘aiming high’.

Gig Guide August 21-27

4:46pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THURSDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: Wasted Saints. Burgundys, Kendal: Freddie Garner. Engine Inn, Cark in Cartmel: The Hairy Buskers. Gregson, Lancaster: Folk Session. Passions, Kendal: Postilion FRIDAY: Ambleside Parish Centre: A Celebration of Simon and Garfunkel. Bootleggers, Kendal: Hush. Derby Arms, Witherslack: Paddy Wilde. The Lily, Ambleside: Adrian Naik. Tweedies, Grasmere: Box Car Band. Zeffirellis, Ambleside: Hunter Muskett. SATURDAY: Bardsea Malt Kiln Village Hall, Ulverston: A Celebration of Simon and Garfunkel. Bootleggers, Kendal: Northern Soul Night. Bounty Inn, Maryport: Sam Davidson. Brickyard, Carlisle: Gaz and Daz’ Vinyl Spectacular. Globe Inn, Kendal: Hush. Horse and Farrier Inn, Bentham: James Taylor. Ivy Leaf Club, Kendal: Haig. The Lily, Ambleside: Big Red. Tweedies, Grasmere: Room Full of Mirrors. Zeffirellis, Ambleside: Stuart McCallum Trio + Strings. SUNDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: Blue Juice. Brickyard, Carlisle: Motown & Soul Night. Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley: Sunday Sessions. Robert Gillow, Lancaster: Jazz Cafe. Winster Village Hall: A Celebration of Simon and Garfunkel. MONDAY: The Lily, Ambleside: Paddy Rogan. Robert Gillow, Lancaster: Americana Night. Ruskins, Kendal: Live Music/Jam Session. Staveley Village Hall: A Celebration of Simon and Garfunkel. Ye Olde John O’Gaunt, Lancaster: Jazz Unlimited. TUESDAY: Elleray, Windermere: Lakes Jazz Men. Golden Lion, Lancaster: Open Mic Night. Gregson, Lancaster: Irish Music Session. WEDNESDAY: Ruskins, Kendal: Live Music/Jam Session. Stonewell Tavern, Lancaster: Open Mic Night.  

Heron Corn Mill gig for The Cornshed Sisters

11:10am Sunday 17th August 2014

THE Cornshed Sisters perform songs which might sound traditional.

Kathryn Tickell and The Side is an irresistible musical mix

The Westmorland Gazette:

9:20am Saturday 16th August 2014

Taking time out from rehearsals Kathryn Tickell explains that The Side is one of the most exciting musical projects she had been involved with.

Lancaster Music Festival creates 'unofficial bank holiday'

The Westmorland Gazette:

3:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

LANCASTER Music Festival is creating its own ‘unofficial Bank Holiday’ for this year’s event with the mantra ‘Take Monday Off’.

Arnside singer releases debut album after 30 years

The Westmorland Gazette:

2:06pm Saturday 16th August 2014

AN Arnside singer-songwriter has finally got round to recording his debut album after playing in folk clubs, festivals and bars for more than 30 years.

Top bands headline at Silloth

The Westmorland Gazette:

10:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

A NORTH Cumbrian music and beer festival looks set to surpass itself this year with a tremendous lineup of both.

It's all in the name for local singer Kendall

The Westmorland Gazette:

9:26am Saturday 16th August 2014

THIS summer sees the release of the debut single from Kendal-born songstress Ashleigh Woods, and the 21-year-old is hoping the song will propel her into the record charts.

Piano playing brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott in full flow at Keswick

8:10am Friday 15th August 2014

Next in Splash Classics Four Elements series at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is Water.

Gig Guide August 14-20

2:00pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THURSDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: Ulpha 590. Burgundys, Kendal: Quincy Street Quintet. Gregson, Lancaster: Folk Session. FRIDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: PNUK. Cross Keys, Milnthorpe : Hale & Hearty Folk Club Singaround. The Lily, Ambleside: Room Full of Mirrors. Tweedies, Grasmere: Phil Saunders. Zeffirellis, Ambleside: Rodina. SATURDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: Nine Lives. Brickyard, Carlisle: Fiona Clayton. Horse and Farrier Inn, Bentham: Claudia-Ann. Ivy Leaf Club, Kendal: Strawberry Fields. The Lily, Ambleside: The Lost Bananas. Tweedies, Grasmere: Paper Cranes. Zeffirellis, Ambleside: Chameleon. SUNDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: New England. General Burgoyne, Urswick: The Hairy Buskers. Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley: Sunday Sessions. Robert Gillow, Lancaster: Jazz Cafe. MONDAY: The Lily, Ambleside: Lily and Scott. Robert Gillow, Lancaster: Americana Night. Ruskins, Kendal: Live Music/Jam Session. Ye Olde John O’Gaunt, Lancaster: Jazz Unlimited. TUESDAY: Golden Lion, Lancaster: Open Mic Night. Gregson, Lancaster: Irish Music Session. WEDNESDAY: Ruskins, Kendal: Live Music/Jam Session. Stonewell Tavern, Lancaster: Open Mic Night.  

Top performance from Young Piano Quartet

12:10pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

The Young Piano Quartet gave a fine recital in Ambleside Parish Church.

Stile Antico performance is vocal ensemble singing at its very best

6:10pm Monday 11th August 2014

Stile Antico made a welcome return to Kendal Parish Church.

One of the Army’s top bands plays Kendal charity concert

11:10am Sunday 10th August 2014

The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps is bound for Lakes Leisure Kendal.

Band of the Royal Armoured Corps marches musically to Kendal

10:10am Saturday 9th August 2014

One of the Army’s top bands is playing a concert for good causes at Kendal.

Fine Arts String Quartet performance is technically brilliant

10:20am Wednesday 6th August 2014

The first string quartet recital in this year’s Lake District Summer Music festival was given by the distinguished Fine Arts String Quartet.

Manchester Camerata gets prestigious Lakeland music festival off to tremendous start

2:10pm Monday 4th August 2014

Manchester Camerata, under the baton of the energetic young conductor Jamie Phillips, opened this year’s Lake District Summer Music Festival.

Sterling Trio performs music from the Renaissance to the present day

10:10am Sunday 3rd August 2014

Grange-over-Sands Concert Club’s next event features the exciting, innovative and engaging Sterling Trio.

Sterling Trio brings its extensive and eclectic repertoire to Grange-over-Sands

9:10am Sunday 3rd August 2014

Grange-over-Sands Concert Club’s next event features the exciting, innovative and engaging Sterling Trio.

Acclaimed band Woman's Hour go back to their old school in Kendal to film new video

The Westmorland Gazette:

3:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

KENDAL-born band Woman’s Hour went back to school to film their latest video.

Lake District Summer Music has another five-star line-up

6:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Cumbria's flagship music festival begins this weekend celebrating its 30th year with more than 40 events staged across 14 venues.

Imaginative Four Elements gets the music flowing at Theatre by the Lake

9:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

Improvisations on Stravinsky’s thrilling Firebird, a cello sonata by Vivaldi and scorching tangos from across the world, feature in Fire.

Local folk musician to host acoustic fundraiser at Kendal gallery

12:43pm Thursday 24th July 2014

LOCAL folk singer Brendan Lewes is holding a second fund raising gig at the Josefina Gallery in Kendal on Sunday.

Ulverston pub to hold all-day music festival

12:42pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE King’s Head in Ulverston will be hosting an all day music festival with King Fest on Saturday.

Silverdale duo Aquilo gear up for Kendal Calling

The Westmorland Gazette:

12:27pm Thursday 24th July 2014

METALLICA, Dolly Parton and an abandoned dog may have been the big talking points of this year’s Glastonbury – but an electronic duo from Silverdale also managed to draw a big crowd at the festival’s BBC Introducing stage .

Gig Guide July 24-30

12:24pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THURSDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: Limehouse Lizzy. Burgundys, Kendal: Steve Oakes Quartet. Gregson, Lancaster: Folk Session. Lakes School, Windermere: Eliza Carthy. FRIDAY: 53 Degrees, Preston: The Union. Bootleggers, Kendal: The Feud. Brickyard, Carlisle: Moving Magnets. The Lily, Ambleside: Anne Marie Quinn. Smokies, Kendal: JAWW. Tweedies, Grasmere: Jack Hartley. Victoria Hall, Settle: Toyah Wilcox. Zeffirellis, Ambleside: Sam Gardner Trio. SATURDAY: 53 Degrees, Preston: Carcer City + The Family Ruin. Bootleggers, Kendal: The Cadillacs. Heron, Kendal: Hush. Horse and Farrier Inn, Bentham: Lee Micheals. Ivy Leaf Club, Kendal: Frankie B. King’s Head, Ulverston: Music Festival. The Lily, Ambleside: Daniel Ray Band. Ship Inn, Sandside: Ship Fest. Tweedies, Grasmere: Levitation.Victoria Hall, Settle: The Nightriders. Zeffirellis, Ambleside: Hugo Corbin Quartet. SUNDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: Cat Scratch Fever. Carlisle Racecourse: Jessie J. Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley: Sunday Sessions. Robert Gillow, Lancaster: Jazz Cafe. MONDAY: The Lily, Ambleside: Olivia Fern. Robert Gillow, Lancaster: Americana Night. Ye Olde John O’Gaunt, Lancaster: Jazz Unlimited. TUESDAY: Golden Lion, Lancaster: Open Mic Night. Gregson, Lancaster: Irish Music Session. WEDNESDAY: Bootleggers, Kendal: The Bluefields. Elleray, Windermere: Lakes Jazz Men. Stonewell Tavern, Lancaster: Open Mic Night. Victoria Hall, Settle: Poniente.   

INTERVIEW: Folk musician Eliza Carthy talks about her career ahead of Windermere show

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:18pm Monday 21st July 2014

ELIZA Carthy’s working life is nothing if not varied – at the time of our interview the revered folk musician has spent the past few days wearing corsets and sack cloths to play a tavern fiddler in an upcoming historical drama.

Levens Choir demonstrates its choral strengths

2:10pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Levens Choir, directed by Ian Jones, gave a light-hearted and entertaining concert of songs and poetry on the theme of animals.

Top brass band plays Barrow's Forum theatre

10:10am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE award-winning Grimethorpe Colliery Band, who catapulted to worldwide recognition through the 1996 hit movie Brassed Off, play the Forum Theatre, Barrow.

K Shoes Male Voice Choir and Kendal Concert Band team up for Kendal Remembers

6:10pm Sunday 13th July 2014

It's a Long Way To Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles and the Dambusters March feature in the five-star programme for Saturday’s special Kendal Remembers concert at St Thomas’ Church, (7pm).

Tidal sounds transpose into music at Dock Museum

11:10am Sunday 13th July 2014

Floodtide - Music from the Tide brings the sounds of Walney Channel to the masses.

Haffner performance is great way to go for conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa

9:10am Saturday 12th July 2014

It was much-loved Natalia’s final appearance as principal conductor and musical director of the Haffner.

Lunesdale Music holds first festival this weekend

10:42am Friday 11th July 2014

LUNESDALE Music is holding its first local music festival in the beautiful Lune valley.

Kendal College-born band JAWW release debut EP

The Westmorland Gazette:

10:40am Friday 11th July 2014

THEY met at Kendal College, bonded over a love of The Smiths and now five young talented South Cumbrians are unleashing their summery pop sound on the world with the release of their debut EP.

Gig Guide: July 10-16

1:07pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THURSDAY: Burgundys, Kendal: Boogie Bill’s Billionaires. Gregson, Lancaster: Folk Session.

Allegri Singers celebrate tenth anniversary with Monteverdi motets

6:30pm Monday 7th July 2014

Casterton Parish Church welcomes the Allegri Singers.

Ace jazz singer Zoe Gilby puts her words and music in spotlight

12:10pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Acclaimed north east based jazz vocalist and songwriter Zoe Gilby returns to Ambleside’s Zeffirellis with her band

Yewfield stages feast of classical music with some of UK’s finest players

9:20am Sunday 6th July 2014

Yewfield Classical Music Festival runs next Saturday and Sunday, July 12/13.

Requiems by Victoria and Duruflé are centrepiece of memorable Ulverston concert

12:10pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Furness Bach Choir deserves the highest praise.



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