Wednesday 23 June 2021

Music in an iconic landscape, and you don't even need to travel: Lake District Summer Music

Lake District Summer Music

Cellist and conductor Stephen Threlfall took over as artistic director of Lake District Summer Music in October 2020, when founder Renna Kennaway retired. Threlfall's first festival, which takes place from 30 July to 8 August 2021, is thus taking place under challenging circumstances. Not only will there be 28 live events over nine days, but 18 will be streamed on-line. 

Performers at the festival include the Manchester Collective, the Albion Quartet, Gould Piano Trio, Freeman Quartet, Ruisi Quartet, Connaught Brass, Magnard Wind Ensemble, guitarist Saki Kaiko, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, pianist Steven Osborne, cellist Robert Cohen, and Balkan folk-fusion group Paprika. 

Artist James Mayhew will be creating a live visual response to Schoenberg's Transfigured Night performed by the Manchester Collective, whilst dancer Mayuri Boonham joins the Gould Piano Trio, for Huw Watkins’ Four Fables with her own original choreography.

There will be masterclasses from Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Steven Osborne, Robert Cohen and members of the Gould Piano Trio with students from UK conservatoires. There will also be community sessions for local youth orchestras, play days for local amateur string players and a unique opportunity for piano duos. 

Away from the concert hall,  walking guide Steve Watts of Lakeland Walks & Talks will treat festival goers to a guided tour of Grasmere, Rydal caves and one of the best Lakeland panoramas at Loughrigg summit. Whilst Liz Frost will be telling stories of mythical mermaids, pirates, and strange creatures from the deep at Windermere Jetty Museum.

Full details from the Lake District Summer Music.

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