A Preview of this year's LDSM: 28 July - 12 August 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
In this Olympic year, when the UK celebrates great sportsmen and women in London, historic churches and halls of Cumbria will be celebrating great musicians and ensembles along with the sounds and works of great British composers.
Running from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August 2012 this year’s Lake District Summer Music International Festival brings some of the world’s finest musicians to one of the most beautiful and inspiring areas in Europe and beyond.
Musicians at the peak of careers, and young generation artists aspiring to reach the heights, bring a programme offering family-friendly concerts, and the brilliance of soloists, ensembles and orchestras.
Key highlights of this year's festival include:
- A performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha trilogy - believed to be the first complete performance for decades. With soloists Lesley-Jane Rodgers, Nicholas Hurndall Smith and David Kempster and LDSM's own Festival Chorus, accompanied by the Northern Chamber Orchestra, this project is a first collaboration with Cumbria Choral Initiative and is conducted by Ian Jones. Saturday 28 July, 8pm, Coronation Hall, Ulverston.
- A new family-friendly event in the heart of the Lake District National Park. 'The Prince and the Four Servants' performed by Classic Rhythm and consisting of an enchanting fairy-tale adapted and modernized for children. Sunday 29 July, 2.30pm, Carver Church, Windermere.
- Music and astronomy combine on the banks of Derwentwater in a programme telling the story of William Herschel (1739-1822) - Royal Astronomer and musician. Works by Charles Avison, Thomas Linley and Joseph Haydn are performed on authentic instruments in full period costume by the 18th Century Concert Orchestra, with narration from astronomer Andrew Newsam. Sunday 29 July, 8pm, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.
- An all Schubert Festival debut from acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis - German Dances, D783, Moments Musicaux, D780, and Sonata in A minor, D845. Tuesday 31 July, 8pm, Ambleside Parish Church.
- A massed performance of Beethoven's Op.95 quartet at our Menuhin Concert - led by the Chilingirian Quartet whose concerts elsewhere in the festival include performances of Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge, Enescu's second quartet, and a Mozart viola quintet with Endellion violist (and LDSM Artistic Associate) Garfield Jackson. Chilingirian performances on Monday 30 July (Ambleside Parish Church), Saturday 4 August (Lakes Hall, Troutbeck Bridge), and the Menuhin Concert on Sunday 5 August (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick) all 8pm.
- I Fagiolini, directed by Robert Hollingsworth presents a 'Vocal Kaleidoscope' - covering works from Byrd, Milton, Tomkins, Monteverdi, Britten and a new commission, 'Damnalot', delivered in true I Fagiolini ésprit. Monday 6 August, 8pm, Kendal Parish Church.
- The expansions of series at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House near Lake Windermere and Fellini's cinema and restaurant in Ambleside. Plus a special 50th birthday concert for Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal with a performance of Elgar framed by the gallery's own summer exhibition of 20th century British art. Blackwell series at 5pm on Monday 30 July, Wednesday 1 August, Monday 6 August, Wednesday 8 August.
- A showcase of the most outstanding young musical talent attending our International Summer Music Academy in dedicated concerts throughout the festival, international competition winners such as pianist Kiryl Keduk (Mottram International Piano Competition 2011) and cellist Mikhail Nemtsov (winner of the 2011 Pierre Fournier Award). The young music theatre group Re:sound take audiences on a journey across Paris, Berlin, London, and two World Wars with a new cabaret 'Mask Behind the Face'. Various times and venues throughout Lake District and Cumbria during Festival.
- A host of some of the world's finest chamber musicians resident at our International Summer Music Academy include the Škampa Quartet, Gould Piano Trio, cellist Christoph Richter, violist Yuko Inoue, pianist Carole Presland. Various times and venues throughout Lake District and Cumbria during Festival.