The Westmorland Orchestra, based in Kendal, is a friendly, non-auditioned symphony orchestra and is the largest orchestra in the area. We perform classical music, usually playing in concert three times a year.
The orchestra is conducted by Richard Howarth, who had a career as the leader of several professional orchestras before swapping his violin for a baton. We really appreciate his insights and knowledge about the pieces we play.
We regularly have soloists come to perform with us, most recently in December 2016 with Jennifer Pike, a world-renowned violinist – it was wonderful to accompany such an exceptional soloist. The concert received excellent reviews, with the orchestra being described as ‘impressive’ and reaching ‘high standards’.
After many years only performing in Kendal, the orchestra recently played further afield in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, an event organised by three local Rotary Clubs. The concert was a great success and we enjoyed playing in a different venue, so we are planning to perform at the Coro again soon. We sometimes collaborate with other musical organisations – the orchestra’s March 2017 concert opens the Mary Wakefield Westmorland Festival, and we are planning a concert with a choir in the near future.
If you’re interested in joining the orchestra, or you’d like more information on our upcoming concerts, please have a look at http://westmorlandorchestra.org.uk/. We rehearse throughout term time on Wednesday evenings at the Queen Katherine School, Kendal.
We are planning a ‘Study Day’ in September 2017 – anyone is welcome to come and play along with the orchestra as we rehearse one of our pieces for the next concert. It’s always good fun and everyone enjoys rehearsing in a relaxed atmosphere. Keep your eye out for details on the website.
Cathy Lear –