Founder of the Lake District Summer Music Festival is looking foward to the festivals 30th anniversary, despite lack of funding (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Founder of the Lake District Summer Music Festival is looking foward to the festivals 30th anniversary, despite lack of funding
THE founder of the celebrated Lake District Summer Music Festival is looking forward to the festivals 30th anniversary next year, despite lack of funding from the Arts Council England.
The hugely popular festival plays host to an array of classical performers over a two-week period and has been a regular fixture in Cumbria for 29 years.
This year’s festival was a huge success, with an estimated 10,000 classical music lovers travelling to South Lakeland to see a mix of internationally renowned artists.
The festival began in Kendal Parish Church and ended in Kendal Town Hall with a performance by the Manchester Camerata.
Other highlights included the return of Trio di Parma and the internationally-renowned Henschel Quartet.
Artistic Director and Founder, Renna Kellaway, a renowned classical pianist and was made an MBE in 2009 for her services to music, founded the festival in 1985.
She was daunted by the estimated £150,000 needed to fund the 2014 festival, but vowed to fight to make that significant 30th anniversary.
She said: “We know it is going to be a very hard path to climb but since 2011 we have not had Arts Council funding and have had two extremely successful festivals behind us since then.
“Even when we did have Arts Council funding we had to raise the rest of the money the council could not cover through approaching trustees and local businesses.”
As part of the festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival run a summer academy which is attended by some of the most promising young musicians from around the world, those musicians on the very brink of their careers.
And now, the artistic director and fellow organisers are already thinking ahead, with a vision to give even more back to the South Lakeland community, with a hope of going into local schools to educate children about the importance of music.
“A lot of schools do not have a music class, we are hoping we can fill that gap.
“All children have a voice and it is a known fact that music can benefit children’s attention span and engagement in other areas,” she said.
So, for now, the organisers are looking forward and have high hopes for the 2014 festival.
For more information about how to get involved with Lake District Summer Festival and to donate, visit www.ldsm.org.uk.
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