2018 International Festival

28 July to 10 August

With over 40 events, we welcome and greet many artists, some of whom are appearing at LDSM for the fist 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.

With music from the 16th to 21st centuries, an overall  arch of orchestral music frames the festival programme.  Opening with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Handel’s wonderfully jovial ‘Water Music’ is closely followed by Mozart’s exquisite ‘Exsultate jubilate’ with the distinguished soprano Ailish Tynan, and ends with Mozart’s vivacious Symphony No.29. 44 events later we are delighted to welcome the National Youth String Orchestra, conductor Damian Iorio, whose programme ends with Tchaikovsky’s captivating Serenade to close Festival 2018.

Commissions and Artist Collaborations expand and  add repertoire choice: nota bene! LDSM’s commission to Toby Young for bassoon quintet.

Important genres, jazz, music theatre, opera, other cultures, their traditional instruments, music for film, choal concerts bring diversity and new experiences.

Soundscape colours: welcome Magnard Wind Ensemble; Simone Rebello, percussion.

Mid-festival special, Saturday 4th, In the footsteps of Beethoven brings Austria to Ambleside for the day. Colin Beeson sets the scene in 1800s Vienna when Beethoven strode its streets. Baritone Nicholas Mogg’s noon recital includes ‘An die ferne Geliebte’. Enjoy today’s matinée, Fidelio, from Zurich. A pre-concert talk explores the genius of the quartets before the Chilingirian String Quartet end the day with early, middle and late works. The Sunday midday recital given by Carole Presland and Levon Chilingirian includes the great Eb piano sonata, bagatelles and the beautiful piano and violin duo, the Spring Sonata.

LDSM is proud of its valuable partnerships forged with fellow organisations. All feature in our festival programme. Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, Bowness is our delightful venue for four concerts; in Ambleside, Fellinis Arts Cinema hosts our opera film stand from world opera houses; Zeffellis’s lively studio for jazz and lighter music.

Welcoming LDSM alumni to perform or teach is a growing pleasure. Welcoming both the Navarra Quartet and cellist brother Guy Johnston arriving with  Melvyn Tan to give the penultimate recital of the festival, doubles the pleasure.

This brings our deep appreciation to our artists whose programmes illuminate Festival days, and our heartfelt thanks to our Benefactors, Patrons and wonderful volunteers, whose multiple skills are invaluable in the many diferent areas of LDSM’s activities.

We look forward to meeting you all.

Renna Kellaway MBE,
Founder & Artistic Director

LDSM Festival Diary 2018

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Saturday, July 28 2018

Northern Chamber Orchestra

Northern Chamber Orchestra

Nicholas Ward DIRECTOR

Ailish Tynan SOPRANO*

8:30pm Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Sunday, July 29 2018

Bizet Carmen

Bizet Carmen

from Bregenz Festival

3:30pm Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Introduction to the film

Introduction to the film

7:30pm St George's Church, Kendal

The Four Horsemen  of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Darius Battiwalla ORGAN

8:30pm St George's Church, Kendal

Sara Spade and the Noisy Boys

Sara Spade and the Noisy Boys

9:00pm Zeffirellis, Ambleside

Monday, July 30 2018

Patrick Hemmerlé (piano)

Patrick Hemmerlé (piano)

12:00pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Musica Poetica

Musica Poetica

6:30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Eblana String Trio 1

Eblana String Trio 1

9:00pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Tuesday, July 31 2018

Mithras Piano Trio 1

Mithras Piano Trio 1

12:00pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Piano Trio Masterclass

Piano Trio Masterclass

Eblana String Trio

3:30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Ailish Tynan (soprano) Simon Lepper (piano)

Ailish Tynan (soprano) Simon Lepper (piano)

Jonathan Farey HORN* 

Adam Slater CLARINET†

8:30pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Wednesday, August 1 2018

Magnard Wind Ensemble

Magnard Wind Ensemble

1:00pm Carver Church, Windermere

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro

from Salzburg Festival

3:30pm Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

Eblana String Trio 2

Eblana String Trio 2

Patrick Hemmerlé piano*

8:30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Thursday, August 2 2018

Mithras Piano Trio 2

Mithras Piano Trio 2

1:00pm Kirkby Lonsdale Parish Church

Akrowa

Akrowa

6:30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

St George String Quintet

St George String Quintet

Catriona McDermid BASSOON*

9:00pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Friday, August 3 2018

Behn Quartet

Behn Quartet

12:00pm Carver Church, Windermere

String Quintet Workshop

String Quintet Workshop

Louise Lansdown

3:30pm Carver Church, Windermere

Burying the Dead

Burying the Dead

Ceruleo

Simon Cole ACTOR

8:30pm St George's Church, Kendal

Saturday, August 4 2018

Beethoven and Vienna: Setting the Scene

Beethoven and Vienna: Setting the Scene

Colin Beeson

11:30am Ambleside Parish Centre

Beethoven Fidelio

Beethoven Fidelio

from Zürich Opernhaus

3:30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Beethoven's quartets

Beethoven's quartets

Colin Beeson

7:30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Chilingirian Quartet

Chilingirian Quartet

8:30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Sunday, August 5 2018

String Trio Masterclass

String Trio Masterclass

Levon Chilingirian

3:30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Pro Nobis Singers

Pro Nobis Singers

Clive Walkley director

Ian Pattinson organ

8:30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Monday, August 6 2018

Cristian Sandrin (piano)

Cristian Sandrin (piano)

12:00pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

New String Trio 1

New String Trio 1

6:30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Navarra Quartet 1

Navarra Quartet 1

9:00pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Tuesday, August 7 2018

Catriona McDermid (bassoon) Jonathan Musgrave (piano)*

Catriona McDermid (bassoon) Jonathan Musgrave (piano)*

Aleix Sala Ribera cello†

12:00pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Mussorgsky Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky Boris Godunov

from the Opéra de Paris

3:30pm Fellinis Cinema, Ambleside

A century of song

A century of song

Emma Smith VOCALS    

Jamie Safir Trio

8:30pm Carver Church, Windermere

Music for a Summer Evening

Music for a Summer Evening

New String Trio 2

9:00pm Hawkshead Parish Church

Wednesday, August 8 2018

Cello Masterclass

Cello Masterclass

Guy Johnston

3:30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

The Composer Speaks: Toby Young

The Composer Speaks: Toby Young

7:30pm Ambleside Parish Centre

Navarra Quartet 2

Navarra Quartet 2

Catriona McDermid BASSOON*

Guy Johnston CELLO†

8:30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

Thursday, August 9 2018

Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo

Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo

6:30pm Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, near Bowness

Guy Johnston (cello) Melvyn Tan (piano*)

Guy Johnston (cello) Melvyn Tan (piano*)

Eliza Millett CELLO†

9:00pm St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Friday, August 10 2018

Simone Rebello (percussion)

Simone Rebello (percussion)

Alex Smith PERCUSSION*

12:00pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

National Youth String Orchestra

National Youth String Orchestra

Damian Iorio CONDUCTOR

Mathilde Milwidsky VIOLIN*

8:30pm Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

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