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Westmorland Orchestra Christmas Concert

Joo Yeon Sir (photo Diana Roberts)

Westmorland Orchestra are bringing classical music to the festive season this year. Their December concert is on a Sunday afternoon and has a mixed programme that includes a violin concerto and some Christmas favourites.

To make the concert even more attractive Westmorland Orchestra have decided that tickets should be free for those under nineteen years and full time students, with discounts available for others. Conductor Richard Howarth says “We’re all excited to present this family friendly afternoon concert. It’s a new departure from our usual slot and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of young people.”

The concert will open with Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite including “Troika” – also known as Sleigh Ride. Herold’s Clog Dance, Da Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance may be less familiar titles but will be recognisable to many, as will the Thunder and Lightning Polka by Strauss and the stirring finale to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

The orchestra is lucky to have an extraordinarily talented award-winning violinist joining them for Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto. Joo Yeon Sir says “I’m so looking forward to playing with Westmorland Orchestra and Richard Howarth in December – it’ll be my first visit to the Lake District, a place I’ve always heard so much of growing up in London. Glazunov’s concerto is a wonderful work, with beautiful lyrical moments, depicting hope, love and sometime intense tensions.”

Joo Yeon has performed at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir Karl Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield Halls and at St. James’s Palace for HRH The Prince of Wales; she regularly appears on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Scala Radio.

Westmorland Orchestra’s concert is at 3.00 pm on Sunday 8th December at Kendal Leisure Centre.

Tickets are from £0 to £12.00; discounted tickets are available in advance for this concert at using the code CC

More information about the orchestra is available at and more information about Joo Yeon Sir may be found at

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