For some time, the orchestra has been describing this new season as its 70th anniversary, and in a sense it is. It was in July 1945 that the then Westmorland County Music Committee met together with the Windermere and Kendal orchestras to consider forming a county-wide orchestra, but the new orchestra’s first concert did not take place until the autumn. So the Westmorland will be marking this anniversary twice! There are plans to produce a souvenir booklet by May 2015, and other celebrations will follow next year.
Several members of the Westmorland Youth Orchestra took part in the Shostakovich Study Day, including Sam, aged 12, whose percussion skills so impressed conductor Richard Howarth that he is playing with the orchestra this term, and in the December concert. Other participants in the Day included players from Carlisle, the North East and
At the end of last season, the new leader-to-be was still unknown – three different leaders conducted last year’s concerts. All is now revealed; the chosen one is to be PAM REDMAN from Ulverston, who has retired from a medical career in General Practice to devote more time to her violin playing. She has led orchestras for Levens Choir, Furness Bach Choir and the Allegri Singers.
Further information on each of the three concerts, plus more about the soloists will appear on the website throughout the season, but all details of the music are on the Future Concerts Page and can also be found in the Orchestra's brochure, widely available through libraries and TICs, as well as at Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal, where the concerts take place.
The ticket price will be £12 for all areas, with children and young people aged 18 and under free of charge. This year tickets will be sold through the Brewery Arts Centre Box Office (Tel 01539 725133) as well as through orchestra members, via our Patrons' and Subscibers' scheme, and also on the door at each concert.
The orchestra is always pleased to enlist new Patrons, and more information can be obtained from the Hon. Patrons Secretary.