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The policy of Kendal Jazz Club is to present high quality live jazz to as wide an audience as possible at an affordable price. To this end, it aims to support the best of local jazz musicians as well as presenting musicians with a national and international reputation. The club intends to present mainstream jazz, with forays into earlier forms, bebop, and more contemporary styles. The club provides incentives to join but all are welcome at our monthly gigs.’

 

Category Jazz Clubs

'The Club presents fortnightly concerts in Kendal Town Hall on Wednesdays 13.00 - 14.00 from October to March.'

 

'Each season, from October to April, the Society stages a series of eight concerts featuring the Royal Northern Sinfonia (three concerts) and either Manchester Camerata or EUCO, plus the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic symphony orchestras. The Lakeland Sinfonia, which is the Society’s own orchestra, plays two of the season’s concerts ...'

 

‘Taking place in Kendal, this biennial Festival has been part of Westmorland's musical life since 1885 when Mary Wakefield, daughter of a Kendal Quaker banking family and a keen musician, assembled local choirs to sing and compete together. Many of the trophies to be won by entrants to the various classes date from the earliest days of the Festival.’ Held biennially Late March [2021].

 

‘We try to encourage members to get up and play but it’s optional and some members just come along and listen to the ones that do and then have a natter over coffee and biscuits in the interval. You can play solo or get together with other members or friends to play as a group. There are a few local bands that have formed from club members getting together on club nights.’

 

Category Guitar Societies

‘Has been in existence since 1929 as a mixed or male voice group under four different names. The choir was originally formed by the Somervell family, owners of K Shoemakers and supported by them with family members taking key roles for many years. K Shoes are no longer manufactured in Kendal, but Clarks, the new owners of the brand, still provide footwear and sponsorship ... K Shoes Male Voice Choir perform approximately 12 concerts a year at a variety of venues in Cumbria and North Lancashire.‘

 

Kendal Concert Band performs a variety of Wind Orchestra music, ranging from classical to modern popular repertoire and symphonic film scores ... We rehearse weekly to prepare for 8 concerts a year plus smaller ensemble group performances and Big Band outings. INSTRUMENTATION – Piccolo, Flutes, Clarinets, Oboes, Bassoons, Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophones, Baritone Saxophones, French Horns, Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones, Euphonium, Tubas, Drums, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Bass Guitar.’

Also indexedKendal Big Band

'The Kirkby Lonsdale Handbell Ringers was founded in the early 1970s playing on an old set of handbells found in St. Mary's Church, which probably dated from about the 1820s. Thanks to a Lottery grant in 1995, extra bells were acquired and we now have a range of five and a half octaves, which has enabled us to expand our repertoire. We give regular concerts and have performed at Regional, Northern and National Rallies.'

 

Category Handbell Ringers

‘South Cumbria-based choir, with more than 60 singers, drawn from a wide area of Cumbria and North Lancashire ... Has become known for high performance standards and an innovative, wide-ranging repertoire ... sacred and secular, light and serious, challenging and ambitious ... Membership of the choir is ... following an informal audition. We have two forms of membership: full membership and choral scholars ... helping young people discover and enjoy the joys of choral singing.‘

Category Choral Societies

‘Formed in 1969 when a group of friends met together informally in one another’s homes to sing madrigals, and some early and 20th century music. It now numbers approximately thirty singers and, although Kendal-based, draws its membership from a wide area. Known particularly for their performances of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Singers have a commitment to contemporary music, frequently including in their programmes works by local composers.’

 

Category Kendal

‘Gave its first concert in 1945. The membership is made up of over 60 dedicated amateur musicians who rehearse weekly in Kendal from September to May and give three public concerts a year. In its performances of large-scale works, professional musicians augment the orchestra. It presents the full range of the established symphony concert repertoire, and also newer, lesser-known works of the 20th and the 21st century. It actively supports and encourages young musicians embarking on a professional career.’

 

'An orchestra of about 50 young people from the South Lakeland area ... If you would like to come and watch a rehearsal we sometimes arrange open rehearsals or you could come along another evening by arrangement ... You will probably know quite a few of the players from school. All are aged between 12-18. You will recognise some of the adults who teach instruments in the schools ... We play new pieces that have been especially composed for the orchestra, music from classical composers, and also older music going back a few hundred years.'

Kendal Parish Church is a beautiful setting for many concerts and musical events throughout the year.’ Includes a series of Friday lunchtime organ recitals with proceeds to the Organ Restoration Fund.

 

Category Greater Churches

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