Striking a Chord in Cumbria

Posted on November 20, 2009

CUMBRIA’S young musicians are being invited to join a new season of ensemble activities.

Events begin with the first Cumbria Youth Orchestra weekend workshop this Saturday and Sunday at Ullswater Community College, Penrith from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

The workshop focus will develop brass, percussion and woodwind players through the exploration of wind orchestra repertoire, aimed at players of grade six and above. String players, of grade five standard and above, will explore string chamber repertoire.

Each activity aims to promote the development of students’ music skills and knowledge as well as building social skills.

The sessions will provide the opportunity to work with professional conductors.

The course this weekend will be led by Timothy Redmond. He is a regular guest conductor with the Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed principal conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic in 2006.

Susan Ellis, Cumbria Music Service team leader said: “Cumbria Youth Orchestra offers a fantastic opportunity for young people throughout the county to get together, play, develop their musical skills and perform to a very high standard. All courses offer a great chance to meet other music students and have fun.”

For more information contact Cumbria Music Service on 01228 226127 or email