THE Royal Northern Sinfonia directed by revered violinist Bradley Creswick get the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society 2017-18 season off to a thrilling and irresistible start on Saturday, October 7.

In a concert of 'firsts,' Bradley and the exciting RNS perform great composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no1 in F major, the first of, in the composer’s words, "Six concertos for several instruments."

The second 'first' is Bruch’s romantic Violin Concerto no1 in G minor which sat at the top of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame for several years. With its sublime slow movement sandwiched between displays of virtuosity, and Bradley’s impeccable technique and glowing sound, the LSCC audience is in for an unforgettable experience. For the record, Bruch spent three years as conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society, apparently living in lodgings at Sefton Park where his daughter Margaretha was born.

Yet another ‘first’ completes the concert programme. Although Mendelssohn had already composed 13 symphonies by the time he was 14 years old, the symphony pencilled into the October 7 programme is regarded as his first mature symphony, written at the advanced age of 15. In the key of C minor it has four movements, the last of which is a fiery Allegro which, although starting in C minor, concludes the concert triumphantly in C major.

The five star Royal Northern Sinfonia returns to Kendal Leisure Centre's Westmorland Hall for the second concert of the new LSCC series on Saturday, November 11, this time with another highly regarded violinist, Kyra Humphreys, directing proceedings.

Leading up to the festive season on Saturday, December 9 will be the third of the society's eight concerts - the Lakeland Sinfonia with horn player Ben Goldscheider in the soloist's spotlight. Ben was a BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 finalist and is a rising star of the brass playing fraternity.

Concert society performances start at 7.30pm.

For tickets and further information on the concert society's series visit or telephone 0333-666-3366.