A LAKE District music festival has appealed for support to ensure it can raise all of the £150,000 it needs to reach its 30th anniversary.
The two week Lake District Summer Music festival came to an end for this year with a performance by the Manchester Camerata in Kendal Town Hall on August 17.
Festival senior executive officer Andrew Lucas said he had been delighted with how well the 2013 festival had been received by the public.
Mr Lucas said that particular highlights of this year’s festival had included welcoming the internationally-renowned Henschel Quartet to the festival for the first time, the return of Trio di Parma and a special fundraising recital by Alicija Fiderkiewicz. Beyond the main festival a new Splash Classics series saw a string quartet perform a series of surprise pop-up concerts in Lake District towns.
LDSM also runs a two week summer school at Brathay Hall, on the shores of Windermere, which is attended by promising young musicians from around the world.
“I was absolutely thrilled with the response we got from audiences this year,” Mr Lucas said.
“The festival was widely felt to have been the smoothest running in all our 29 years and we have been overwhelmed by the kind comments we have received from people about how thrilled they were with the performances and venues.
“I think that Splash Classics added a new dimension to the festival and allowed even more people to enjoy the beautiful music by taking it out of the concert hall and directly to the public.
“I want to thank everyone who came to the concerts, participated in our academy and Young String Venture so inspiringly, as well as all those involved in helping make sure things went so well.”
Despite the success of this year’s festival, LDSM faces the challenge of having to raise £150,000 in order to be able to put on the festival again next year.
The shortfall has been created following the withdrawal of Arts Council England funding in 2011.
Mr Lucas said: “Next year’s event presents a massive challenge for us, but it is also very exciting as well. It will be a big milestone to be able to celebrate our 30th International Festival & Academy, but we are appealing for all the help and support we can get to make that happen.
“£150,000 is a lot of money but we have demonstrated over many years that we have got the skills and ability in our team to take on the challenge and we are keen to speak to any potential sponsors or donors who can help us realise our ambitions for the future. Anyone who wants to find out how they can help us keep this great event going is more than welcome to get in touch with me.”
For more information about how to get involved with supporting LDSM’s work go to www.ldsm.org.uk or call 08456 44 25 05.