Lake District Summer Music's summer school programme benefits over 140 students from 21 countries every single year. LDSM's events bring the highest quality performances to this inspiring landscape performing to over 10,000 people every year. But none of this could happen without the financial support of individuals like you!

Set against the alluring backdrop of the magnificent English Lake District LDSM has now been operating since 1985. The unique way in which our International Festival and Summer School are integrated makes LDSM one of the great training grounds for young musicians, be they beginners or young professionals.

More recently, LDSM has developed its work beyond the August Festival and Summer Schools.

Even with generous regular support from the LDSM Trust and Patrons of LDSM, both separately constituted charities, and from the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, LDSM still needs to raise over £100,000 each year in order to support the quality of programme LDSM is delivering.

Ways in which you can help include:

Sponsor a concert or become a Principal Sponsor of LDSM.

Support the costs of bringing together the very best resident artists for our International Festival & Academy.

Provide a bursary to a student to enable them to attend our International Summer Music Academy or Young String Venture.

Help support some of the major logistical costs of mounting an artistic programme like LDSM.

Establish a collection in our student chamber music library in your name or that of a loved one.

Join our Patrons of LDSM Society.

Leave LDSM a legacy which could help sustain our work with young musicians for years to come.

Any support, small or large, is very gratefully received.

What's more, new funds we secure will be matched as part of a new fundraising challenge providing double the benefit to our work.

So if you are donor or sponsor click on the menu or links above and we would be happy to provide further information.

Our current donors, sponsors and supporters include the following:

Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation

Anonymous donors

Benefactors of LDSM

Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Mrs Kate Dugdale


Forsyth Brothers Ltd

Frieda Scott Charitable Trust

The Golland Trust

The Hadfield Trust

Harold and Alice Bridges Trust

Mrs Valerie Howe

Ida Carroll Trust

John Ireland Charitable Trust

John Whibley ‘Holidays with Music’

Mrs Eira Leach

Mr & Mrs Harold Lefton

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Sir John & Lady Manduell

Julius Manduell

Patrons of LDSM

Mrs Mary Powney

Mr & Mrs Martin Rayner

Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Over-Seas League

The RuNfund

RVW Trust

Sir John Fisher Foundation

South Lakeland District Council

Stephen Bell Charitable Trust

Windermere Lake Cruises