Welcome to all our artists, colleagues, and valued friends, old and new.
Celebrating our 35th year, we look forward to a busy Festival with many artists making their first appearances at LDSM, and welcoming the return of others who have enthralled us in previous years.
With a bountiful spread of music from the 12th century to the premières of new works, programmes cover a rich tapestry of diverse genres. Themes, links and new collaborations emanate from Shostakovich, the bicentenary of John Ruskin, women composers, Festival Début Concerts, Janáček and silent film.
Look for the Carducci Quartet placing Shostakovich with Beethoven and Borodin, and its collaboration with pianist Tom Poster, who also introduces us to composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, between Schumann, Schubert, and Ravel.
Our mid-fest Saturday features Shostakovich: triumph over tyranny, when David Nice sets the scene under which Shostakovich struggled to compose. The Brodsky Quartet brings the day to its climax, framing Beethoven and Bach with Shostakovich.
Janáček's rarely-heard cycle The Diary of One Who Disappeared, sung by Paul Nilon with Louise Winter, is part of an all-Czech Sunday afternoon treat.
Enjoy a poetry reading with Gillian Clarke in our Blackwell series, which opens with Dramma per Musica featuring Monteverdi, Purcell and their contemporaries.
Nine Festival Début Concerts spotlight young artists. Among them, Emma Halnan champions the flute and also the baroque flute with Benedict Williams harpsichord, and Jonathan Rees, cello.
Celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin features young musicians in a varied programme and also the première performance of LDSM's commission to William Marshall, for the setting of Ruskin poems for baritone and piano. In collaboration with the Brantwood Foundation & Royal Over-Seas League, we remember John Ruskin in the county he loved and where he retired to the house overlooking Coniston Water.
Inspired by the paintings, writings and inventions of Da Vinci, I Fagiolini returns with a remarkable programme, Shaping the Invisible. Vocal works are heard against a changing backdrop of Da Vinci paintings.
Brahms's Sextet in G and Schumann's piano quintet bring in new collaborations with the Marmen Quartet.
Festival 2019 opens in Ambleside Parish Church, welcoming the return of NYSO and its music director Damian Iorio, in a resounding programme from Vivaldi to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. 14 days later we turn full circle returning to the Parish Church with the Berkeley Ensemble playing Prokofiev, Poulenc, Martinů, Strauss, and ending festival 2019 with the 22-year old Schubert's ever-green Trout Quintet.
With heartfelt thanks to all our exceptional volunteers, our Benefactors and Patrons, we send the deepest gratitude for all that you individually and collectively do for LDSM each year. Enjoy our 'Musical Offerings'.
Renna Kellaway MBE,
Founder & Artistic Director