[O]n Saturday May 19th the Westmorland Orchestra will be entertaining their audience with instantly recognisable music, from Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 – Land of Hope and Glory.
The Westmorland Orchestra has a guest conductor for this final concert of the season. Bob Chasey, formerly a violinist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for 40 years. He has an overwhelming love for music and believes that once people have experienced the incredible sound of music of an orchestra they will come back. “If you stick your toe in the water of classical music you just might find yourself swimming in the ocean!” The Westmorland Orchestra hopes to encourage younger people to experience live classical music and makes no charge for under nineteen year-olds.
Award-winning Sophie Rosa is one of the UK’s most exciting violinists and she will be joining the orchestra to perform “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams. It is easy to be transported to the open fells listening to this extraordinary piece which has repeatedly topped the Classic FM Hall of Fame. Sophie has performed across the UK and internationally and broadcast for Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Sophie said: “I am excited to be performing with the Westmorland Orchestra. The Lark Ascending is unlike any other piece for violin and orchestra; deeply poetic and tranquil in feel and where better to play it than in the beautiful surroundings of the Cumbrian countryside!”
Other popular pieces on the concert programme include the Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King and Morning from Peer Gynt, Finlandia by Sibelius and music by Bizet, Sousa and Mascagni.
The Westmorland Orchestra is in its 73rd season and is made up of dedicated and talented amateur players and professional musicians from across Cumbria and Lancashire. It is always looking for new musicians.
The concert is at Westmorland Hall (Kendal Leisure Centre) and starts at 7.30 pm on 19th May. Tickets are £12 for adults and free for those aged 18 and under, available from The Brewery Arts Centre Tel:01539 725 133 and will also be available on the door on the night.
More information is available at www.WestmorlandOrchestra.org.uk