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Westmorland Orchestra returns to Kendal

Lily Whitehurst (Credit Angharad Thomas Photography)

Saturday 18th May sees the Westmorland Orchestra return to their usual concert venue, the Westmorland Hall at the Kendal Leisure Centre. This is an opportunity for young people under the age of nineteen to experience the live music of a full orchestra – as well as a talented soloist – for free!

The Westmorland Orchestra is made up of musicians from all over Cumbria and North Lancashire and for this last concert of the season the orchestra will be joined by violinist Lily Whitehurst who will be performing Bruch’s Romance in A minor.

Lily Whitehurst is an exciting young violinist who already has an illustrious track record and has recently been appointed as a member of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She also works with orchestras such as The Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru.  She has worked with the Westmorland Orchestra’s regular conductor, Richard Howarth, before and says “I always love working with Richard so I’m sure this concert is going to be very special!”  This is Lily’s first concert in Cumbria and she added “I cannot wait to join the Westmorland Orchestra to play this fantastic music. I’ve never performed in the Lake District before – the music is new to me, the place is new to me and the orchestra is new to me – it’s going to be a bunch of exciting firsts!”

Also on the programme is Schubert’s Symphony Number 6 in C and Brahms Serenade number one in D.

The concert starts at 7.30 pm on 18th May and tickets are available from orchestra members, The Brewery Arts Centre and will be available at Kendal Leisure Centre on the night, £12 for adults, free for under 19s.

After the May concert Westmorland Orchestra is not usually heard until their December concert; this year there will be an opportunity to hear some of the players around Kendal town centre on Global Make Music Day on 21st June.

Further information is available online www.westmorlandorchestra.org.uk and https://www.wcom.org.uk/yeoman/lily-whitehurst/

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