Lake District Summer Music
An Appeal


For the Festival founded in Cumbria which you know, have supported and enjoyed.
Ambleside - Bowness - Grange over Sands - Grasmere - Hawkshead - Kendal - Keswick -
Kirkby Lonsdale - Penrith - Rydal - Troutbeck Bridge - Ulverston - Windermere

Arts Council England's annual funding to Lake District Summer Music was withdrawn on 30 March 2012.

From Levon Chilingirian, leader Chilingirian Quartet - "I am shocked at the withdrawal of Arts Council England's funding grant to Lake District Summer Music. For 27 years LDSM has provided inspirational teaching and performances by great international masters, and any curtailment of its activities would deal a serious blow to the musical life of our country."


  • For 27 years LDSM has added a distinct and compelling musical focus to Cumbria's rich cultural heritage.
  • Intimate venues, live performances, world-class musicians, wonderful music in an inspiring landscape.
  • LDSM provides training and opportunity to young musicians - our artists of tomorrow.
  • LDSM attracts music-lovers, visitors and tourists from all over the world, generating significant economic impact.

LDSM believes passionately in the power of music to change lives. The vision of LDSM is to promote International Artists, Excellence in Performance, and Excellence in Training.

From the Daily Telegraph - "One of the Ten Truly Festive Festivals in the World"

So what is the future without Arts Council England regular funding?

We will counter this adversity with resolve. We intend to build new partnerships and source new long-term funding to safeguard the future. Your support can help us bridge the gap as we replace our current funding model.

Please support LDSM. Share our Passion.

Your donation, Gift Aided and doubled in value, will provide an essential bridge sustaining musical excellence in Cumbria. 

If you have any questions or would like any advice on how to support us please don't hesitate to contact us by telephone on 01539 742620 or email us.

Thank you.