International Festival

With over 40 events, we welcome and greet many artists, some of whom are appearing at LDSM for the first time, not least the young musicians giving nine Festival Début Concerts. A veritable banquet of works from 87 different composers is spread through the programmes. Follow the rich threads in our festival tapestry which link centuries, nations and mirror the ever-evolving power of music in our civilisation. Commemorating the Peace Treaty of WW1 in 1918, we turn to composers who were inspired by the events in their own lifetimes to express peace, joy, and celebration.

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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Northern Chamber Orchestra

7.30pm Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Nicholas Ward DIRECTOR

Ailish Tynan SOPRANO*

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Bizet Carmen

2.30pm Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

from Bregenz Festival

Introduction to the film

6.30pm St George's Church, Kendal

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

7.30pm St George's Church, Kendal

Darius Battiwalla ORGAN

Monday, 30 July 2018

Patrick Hemmerlé (piano)

11.00am Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Musica Poetica

5.30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Eblana String Trio 1

8.00pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Mithras Piano Trio 1

11.00am Ambleside Parish Centre

Piano Trio Masterclass

2.30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Eblana String Trio

Ailish Tynan (soprano) Simon Lepper (piano)

7.30pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Jonathan Farey HORN* 

Adam Slater CLARINET†

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Magnard Wind Ensemble

12.00pm Carver Church, Windermere

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro

2.30pm Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

from Salzburg Festival

Eblana String Trio 2

7.30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Patrick Hemmerlé piano*

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Mithras Piano Trio 2

12.00pm Kirkby Lonsdale Parish Church

Akrowa

5.30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

St George String Quintet

8.00pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Catriona McDermid BASSOON*

Friday, 3 August 2018

Behn Quartet

11.00am Carver Church, Windermere

String Quintet Workshop

2.30pm Carver Church, Windermere

Louise Lansdown

Burying the Dead

7.30pm St George's Church, Kendal

Ceruleo

Simon Cole ACTOR

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Beethoven and Vienna: Setting the Scene

10.30am Ambleside Parish Centre

Colin Beeson

Beethoven Fidelio

2.30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

from Zürich Opernhaus

Beethoven's quartets

6.30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Colin Beeson

Chilingirian Quartet

7.30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Sunday, 5 August 2018

String Trio Masterclass

2.30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Levon Chilingirian

Pro Nobis Singers

7.30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Clive Walkley director

Ian Pattinson organ

Monday, 6 August 2018

Cristian Sandrin (piano)

11.00am Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

New String Trio 1

5.30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Navarra Quartet 1

8.00pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Catriona McDermid (bassoon) Jonathan Musgrave (piano)*

11.00am Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Aleix Sala Ribera cello†

Mussorgsky Boris Godunov

2.30pm Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

from the Opéra de Paris

A century of song

7.30pm Carver Church, Windermere

Emma Smith VOCALS    

Jamie Safir Trio

Music for a Summer Evening

8.00pm Hawkshead Parish Church

New String Trio 2

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Cello Masterclass

2.30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Guy Johnston

Navarra Quartet 2

7.30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Catriona McDermid BASSOON*

Guy Johnston CELLO†

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo

5.30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Guy Johnston (cello) Melvyn Tan (piano*)

8.00pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Eliza Millett CELLO†

Friday, 10 August 2018

Simone Rebello (percussion)

11.00am Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Alex Smith PERCUSSION*

National Youth String Orchestra

7.30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Damian Iorio CONDUCTOR

Mathilde Milwidsky VIOLIN*