2015 International Festival Archive

2015 International Festival

Music Lovers, Friends, Artists, Colleagues, please join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary.

Hear and meet artists making LDSM débuts, greet returning artists, experience old music anew, enjoy world premières and commissions interspersed with opera at Fellinis, jazz at Zeffirellis, and a Viola Extravaganza in our Blackwell series!

The renowned Armonico Consort opens our Festival with Pergolesi’s Stabat mater and Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas. Its second concert, Greensleeves, beckons families and all who love traditional folk melodies from the British Isles.

Making his UK festival début, Van Cliburn prizewinner Vadim Kholodenko plays a romantic programme with Medtner, Brahms and Schumann.

Vision and sound fuse with silent film given voice. The inspiration of 15th century French vocal music illuminates Dreyer’s masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc with the Orlando Consort. Commissioned by LDSM, Luke Bedford composes for the brilliant Apollo Saxophone Quartet who bring their own wit and ingenuity to Meliès’s pioneering film cameos.

With chamber music at our heart, the Kuss String Quartet plays two generous programmes, including the Brahms Quintet with one of the UK’s leading clarinettists, Timothy Orpen.

Heralding music from Eastern Europe, Janáček and Kodály stand with Dvořák, whose ‘folk’ spontaneity will captivate all with both of his piano quartets in the distinguished playing of the Frith Piano Quartet while his rarely-heard Piano Quintet No.1 makes its first LDSM performance with the LDSM Artists Ensemble preceded by Janáček.

From northern climes, Sibelius and Nielsen celebrate 150th anniversaries. Pro Musica teams Sibelius with Beethoven, Kodály and evergreen Schubert. This follows a family afternoon of vivid fantasy, drama and intrigue as Emily Hennessey reveals the Firebird of Russian folklore…

1915 World War 1 anguish and hope is embodied in music when words fall silent. The distinguished cellist Gregor Horsch and Andrew Brownell frame Sibelius, Kodály and Debussy with Bach and Beethoven while Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu take us from George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad to Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Morning recitals bring us Roger Chase and Andrew Dunlop playing Bliss’s great Viola Sonata; Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale Suite features when Timothy Orpen and Andrew Brownell are joined by Levon Chilingirian and narrator. At Zeffirellis the Tina May Jazz Quartet pays tribute to Edith Piaf, born in 1915.

Masterclasses at Brathay Hall spotlight our Academy tutors and students. Closing our 30th Anniversary, the candlelit Serenade Concert showcases Academy soloists and ensembles. Abundant talent immersed in music old and new is our passport to future decades of music, ever renewing, ever evolving. 

This brings our profound thanks to all our artists, colleagues, and volunteers who give so much to so many.

Renna Kellaway MBE,
Founder & Artistic Director

Saturday, 1 August 2015

8.00pm

Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Armonico Consort and Baroque Players

Christopher Monks Musical Director
Eloise Irving soprano
Penelope Appleyard soprano
William Towers countertenor
Alex Aldren tenor

Sunday, 2 August 2015

2.30pm

Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Prokofiev's War and Peace

from the Mariinsky

3.00pm

Carver Church, Windermere

Greensleeves

8.00pm

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Celebrity Evening Recital

Monday, 3 August 2015

12.00pm

Ambleside Parish Centre

Music at Noon

5.00pm

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Gaelic music

Joy Dunlop VOICE

Andrew Dunlop HARP, KEYBOARD

7.30pm

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Kuss Quartet 1

9.30pm

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Late Night Piano

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

11.00am

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Françoise-Green Piano Duo

2.30pm

Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

from Opéra de Paris

8.00pm

Kendal Town Hall

Apollo Saxophone Quartet

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

11.00am

Ambleside Parish Centre

Atéa Wind Quintet

with members of the Quattro Cello Quartet*

2.30pm

Brathay Hall, near Ambleside

Viola Masterclass

8.00pm

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Gregor Horsch (cello) Andrew Brownell (piano)

Thursday, 6 August 2015

2.30pm

Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Verdi’s Aïda

from Opéra de Paris

5.00pm

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

LDSM Academy Artists

8.00pm

St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Trio di Parma 1

Friday, 7 August 2015

12.00pm

Ambleside Parish Centre

Music at Noon

2.30pm

Brathay Hall, near Ambleside

Cello Masterclass

8.15pm

Zeffirellis, Ambleside

Piaf Tribute Concert

Saturday, 8 August 2015

11.00am

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

LDSM Artists Ensemble

2.30pm

Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

In search of Haydn

8.00pm

St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Kuss Quartet 2

Timothy Orpen CLARINEt*

Sunday, 9 August 2015

3.00pm

Carver Church, Windermere

Firebird: a Russian folktale

Family Event

6.00pm

Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Britten’s The rape of Lucretia

Live relay from Glyndebourne

8.00pm

Kendal Town Hall

Pro-Musica String Trio

Monday, 10 August 2015

2.30pm

Brathay Hall, near Ambleside

Violin Masterclass

5.00pm

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Atesh String Quartet

8.00pm

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Trio di Parma 2

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

11.00am

Grasmere Parish Church

Grasmere Concert

LDSM Academy Artists

2.30pm

Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Puccini's Tosca

from Opéra de Paris

8.00pm

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Frith Piano Quartet 1

8.00pm

Hawkshead Parish Church

Music for a Summer Evening

LDSM Academy Artists

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

11.00am

Rydal Church

Rydal Concert

LDSM Academy Artists

2.30pm

Brathay Hall, near Ambleside

Ensemble Masterclass

6.30pm

Carver Church, Windermere

The Composer Speaks: Jan Bradley

8.00pm

Carver Church, Windermere

4-MALITY Percussion Quartet

Sarah Castle MEZZO-SOPRANO*

8.00pm

Victoria Hall, Grange-Over-Sands

Ursula Smith (cello) Emiko Tadenuma (piano)

Thursday, 13 August 2015

11.00am

Carver Church, Windermere

Morning Serenade

LDSM Academy Artists and Ensemble Jeunesse​

2.30pm

Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci

from Festival Euro Mediterraneo

5.00pm

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Viola Extravaganza

8.00pm

St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Benjamin Appl (baritone) James Baillieu (piano)

Friday, 14 August 2015

11.00am

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Frith Piano Quartet 2

8.00pm

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Candlelight Serenade

LDSM Academy Artists

LDSM Academy Ensemble

Kazuki Sawa director