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Lake District Music & Festivals

Ulverston Music Festival hopes some 'Divine Fire' will warm the Winter Nights !

Ulverston Music Festival announces its Winter Series, presenting five captivating concerts from November to March, all at Ulverston Parish Church, featuring our resident Steinway concert grand piano. Great music right on our doorstep, featuring international artists.

Julian Arp and Sacha Rattle will open the series performing a trio of trios, written for clarinet, cello and piano. Brahms and Beethoven you may know, but Frühling's beautifully melodic Clarinet Trio is a gem, waiting to be discovered.

In December, pianist Viv McLean and actress Susan Porrett come to Ulverston, to bring you Divine Fire. A compelling narration with Chopin, telling the story of Chopin’s relationship with the authoress George Sand, plus there'll be some mince pies to get you into the festive spirit!

In February, we welcome students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a total immersion into Bach’s  ‘48’ Books I & II of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Each book is a ground-breaking compendium and designed to inspire and stretch keen keyboard students. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear some amazing piano from up and coming young international musicians. 

March brings a concert of passion and power, with Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata and Strauss' Violin Sonata. These will be performed by Anthony Hewitt and Roman Simović who led the London Symphony Orchestra in Simon Rattle’s Mahler 9 swan-song at this year’s Proms. 

Don't miss this chance to brighten up your winter with some magical classical performances!

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Concert Dates & Times:

Anthony Hewitt and Friends

Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm at Ulverston Parish Church.

Anthony Hewitt, piano, Julian Arp, cello and Sacha Rattle, clarinet.

Divine Fire

Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm at Ulverston Parish Church

Viv McLean, piano

Susan Porrett, narrator

Bach 48


Book 1: Friday 9th February at 7pm at Ulverston Parish Church

Book 2: Saturday 10th February at 1pm at Ulverston Parish Church


Performed by students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Sonate Appassionate

Saturday 23 March 7.30pm at Ulverston Parish Church

Roman Simović   violin
Anthony Hewitt   piano



Venues where you can see live music performances and festivals in the Lakes include: