MINTFEST REVIEW: Dance and mime capture a journey

The Westmorland Gazette:

8:28am Monday 1st September 2014

A standout performance from this year’s MintFest came from The Knotted Project, who performed their piece ‘Footsteps’ on seven occasions over the weekend.

48 Going on 50 - 1984 as it was for me by Audrey Wilson

The Westmorland Gazette:

2:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

48 GOING ON 50 - 1984 AS IT WAS FOR ME by Audrey Wilson, £20

BOOK REVIEW: The Alone Alternative by Linda MacDonald

The Westmorland Gazette:

2:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THE ALONE ALTERNATIVE by Linda MacDonald, £8.99 ISBN 978-1783064335

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Nobody by Natalie Gordon

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

MR NOBODY by Natalie Gordon, £6.99 ISBN 978-1-500464882

BOOK REVIEW: Hunting Scraps is an award-winning combination of art and social history

The Westmorland Gazette:

11:10am Thursday 14th August 2014

Charles James Cropper was a natural draughtsman who had a voracious love of drawing.

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.

VIDEO: Reviews and trailers of the latest film releases this week

The Westmorland Gazette:

2:53pm Monday 11th August 2014

Damon Smith reviews the latest releases - Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Antonio Banderas flex their muscles in The Expendables 3, and a talented table footballer learns to play the beautiful game for real in the computer-animated fantasy The Unbeatables.

BOOK REVIEW: A Boy From Glasgow Street

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

A BOY FROM GLASGOW STREET by Norman Pascoe, £9.95

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.

Wordsworth's Lake District by Howard Beck

The Westmorland Gazette:

12:00pm Sunday 3rd August 2014


Northern Canals by Ray Shill

The Westmorland Gazette:

11:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

NORTHERN CANALS by Ray Shill, £14.99 ISBN 978-1-445633190

BOOK REVIEW: Fairynan's Flights of Fancy

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

FAIRYNAN’S FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Dulcie Matthews, £6.99 ISBN 978-1-908098887

BOOK REVIEW: A Vicarage Changes Hands

The Westmorland Gazette:

4:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A VICARAGE CHANGES HANDS by John Ward, £6.50 ISBN 978-0-948655142

BOOK REVIEW: McDougalls and Gunpowder

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014


BOOK REVIEW: Lancashire Folk Tales

1:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

LANCASHIRE FOLK TALES by David England and Jennie Bailey, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-742489933

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.

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.

Requiems by Victoria and Duruflé are centrepiece of memorable Ulverston concert

12:10pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Furness Bach Choir deserves the highest praise.

Pro Nobis Singers are at their 'express' best in anniversary concert

9:10am Saturday 5th July 2014

This 45th anniversary concert of sacred music by Monteverdi was an unmissable event.

Queen Katherine School show is triumph once again

8:10am Friday 4th July 2014

“You’ll need a good band for that, then” was my reaction.

Plenty of burgeoning talent on display in Kendal concert

4:37pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The Westmorland Youth Orchestra’s uplifting end-of-year concert showed an impressive range of talents.

BOOK REVIEW: The Lake District - A Dog Walker's Guide by Peter Naldrett, £7.95 ISBN 978-1-846743214

The Westmorland Gazette: PET PROJECT: Guide to great dog walks in the Lakes

7:30am Sunday 22nd June 2014

THIS pet owners’ guide could prove a useful gift for those people who say that having a dog is the only thing that gets them out and about.

BOOK REVIEW: Lake District Icons

2:00pm Sunday 15th June 2014

LAKE DISTRICT ICONS by Michaela Robinson-Tate and Phil Rigby, £12.99 ISBN 978-0-7509-5910-0

BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014


BOOK REVIEW: The Photographer's Guide To The Yorkshire Dales by Ellen Bowness, £12.95 ISBN 978-0992683412

The Westmorland Gazette: ICONIC: Pointer to best places to take landscape photos in the Dales

5:20pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

LAKE District-based publisher Ellen Bowness has turned her attention to the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales for this landscape photography guide.

Watchdog raps Chorley care home

The Westmorland Gazette: Care Quality Commission

12:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A CARE home has been rapped by a watchdog after failing to meet more than half the essential standards that were examined during a recent inspection.

BOOK REVIEW: Special Forces Pilot

The Westmorland Gazette: Special Forces Pilot

10:10am Sunday 8th June 2014

SPECIAL FORCES PILOT by Richard Hutchings, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-473823174

BOOK REVIEW: The Railways of Carnforth

The Westmorland Gazette: The Railways of Carnforth

2:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014

THE RAILWAYS OF CARNFORTH by Philip Grosse, £25 ISBN 978-0-956970916

Whirling Wurlitzer at Royalty Cinema

5:21pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

People who attended the lunchtime concert at the Royalty Cinema on May 20 were treated to a wonderful demonstration of the versatility of the cinema's Wurlitzer organ.

Debut novel depicts horrors of war

The Westmorland Gazette: The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

11:27am Friday 23rd May 2014

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee (Atlantic Books, £12.99, hardback)

Comedy festival attracts 2,000 fans

The Westmorland Gazette: Lucy Porter, one of the stars of the festival

11:25am Wednesday 21st May 2014

NIGH on 2,000 fans converged on Kendal for Cumbria’s biggest comedy gathering.

BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

3:00pm Sunday 18th May 2014


BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

3:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

THE GHOST OF THE TRENCHES by Helen Watts & Taffy Thomas, £5.99 ISBN 978-1-4729-0787-5

BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

1:00pm Sunday 11th May 2014

THE QUARRIES OF LAKELAND by David Glover, £15 ISBN 978-1-904147763

BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

3:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

WALK BORROWDALE & KESWICK by Bill Birkett, £9.95 ISBN 978-0-956429636

BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Inside Story of The Dales

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Insidde Story of The Dales

3:00pm Sunday 4th May 2014

AS ONE of the many thousands of walkers who have scaled the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales in one day, I’m well aware of the beautiful scenery to be encountered.

BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

8:00pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

GROW YOUR OWN IN LANCASHIRE by Malcolm Greenhalgh, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-874181934

Film review: The Quiet Ones

The Westmorland Gazette: Olivia Cooke has a room with a view in the British horror film The Quiet Ones. Left, Jared Harris as Professor Coupland

11:10am Tuesday 29th April 2014

STRAP in for a shockingly good horror filled with twists and turns and enough jumpy sequences to ensure the audience will be satisfied throughout.


The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Tandem

7:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

TANDEM by Alex Morgan, £8.99 ISBN 978-0-957695740

Top classical music gathering celebrates 30 years as Cumbria's flagship festival

9:20am Saturday 26th April 2014

Lake District Summer Music has announced another quality line-up for this year’s festival.

BOOK REVIEW: Flights of Fancy

The Westmorland Gazette: BOOK REVIEW: Flights of Fancy

8:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Harry Fancy, £6.99 (Amazon) ISBN 978-0-982552506

Blackburn director's life-changing film that earned him an Emmy

The Westmorland Gazette: David Barnes

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WINNING an international Emmy award for making a documentary wasn’t on the ‘to do’ list for one East Lancashire producer and director.

Kendal Choral Remembers is commemorative mix of challenging music and words

10:20am Sunday 20th April 2014

Kendal Choral Society, under the baton of Alan Gardner, presented an interesting if rather sombre programme.

Cumbrian film outfit receives Esmée Fairbairn Foundation grant

9:10am Sunday 20th April 2014

Signal Film and Media has landed a three-year grant from an eminent arts funder.

BBC Philharmonic provides sumptuous grand finale to Lakeland Sinfonia season

9:27am Monday 14th April 2014

THE BBC Philharmonic attracted a full house for the final concert of the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society’s season.

Brecon Baroque give 'unmissable' performance to round off superb Lancaster season

12:10pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

The excitement of the evening began well before the doors to the Great Hall opened.

Maggini Quartet display awesome mastery

1:10pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

The final concert of Kendal Midday Concert Club’s season was marked by performances of two contrasting works.

Stirring melodies and sumptuous harmonies in abundance during Westmorland Orchestra concert

11:40am Sunday 23rd March 2014

There was much to enjoy in the Westmorland Orchestra’s recent concert for lovers of Russian romantic music.

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