Lake District Summer Music Festival

An absolute must for anyone who enjoys classical and chamber music, this year’s Lake District Summer Music Festival (LDSM) runs from Saturday 27 July to Friday 9 August.

With a fantastic programme of events featuring internationally-acclaimed artists, concerts nurturing and showcasing emerging musical talent, unique artist collaborations, award-winning film screenings, world premieres including LDSM commissions, and large-scale choral works.

You’ll be spoilt for choice as the hills come alive with the sound of music

Highlights of the festival include

Following the huge success of the silent film with improvised organ accompaniment last year, we return to St George’s for a screening of Metropolis, the wonderful but rarely-seen 1927 Fritz Lang sci-fi epic.

Celebrating two special bicentenaries: John Ruskin’s musical passions illuminated by his own art and those he championed, combining visual elements, poetry and readings, and music he loved and hated – plus a Festival commission. Our unique event, planned in close collaboration with the Ruskin exhibitions at Brantwood and Abbot Hall this summer, will also feature local singer Jess Dandy, making her LDSM début.  Clara Schumann, the great pianist and overlooked composer will be honoured with a programme featuring the work of eminent women composers, including a focus on Elena Firsova and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

I Fagiolini’s Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, with this innovative vocal ensemble illuminating projections of his most iconic artworks with complementary choral masterpieces from across the centuries.

Saturday 3 August is dedicated to Shostakovich‘s music, life and times culminating in a concert by the Brodsky Quartet.

In its centenary year, we have programmed Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared sung by star singers as part of an all-Czech programme at Kendal Town Hall.

Flute is 2019’s focus instrument, around which we have programmed rarities by William Alwyn, as a flautist turned composer.

Other artists not to miss include Carducci Quartet, Raphael Wallfisch, Tom Poster, the Berkeley Ensemble, the Marian Consort and the National Youth String Orchestra. Our Festival Début artists strand, launched with great success last summer, returns as a long-term fixture.

Festival diary

Free copies of the Festival Diary are available  online at, by calling 01539 742620 or by post or personal visit to the Festival Office at Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4PU.