Introduction

At the foot of the Howgill Fells, and judged by those in the know as one of the hidden jewels for walkers and cyclists in Cumbria, Sedbergh is a mere handful of miles off the M6 but is the western gateway to the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Musical diversity is the beating heart of what we offer. So in two intense weeks from May 29th to June 12th 2016, we had internationally celebrated soloists Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe bringing us finely-reviewed Beethoven Violin sonatas; the York Minster Choir with a thrilling repertoire under its much-admired Director of Music, Robert Sharpe; special fun with Jessica Hurst and Friends; the Early Music ensemble Cornucopia with its instruments and sounds from another world; two local string quartets; the highly-thought-of Kentdale Wind Ensemble playing French music; the Sterling Trio – clarinet, flute and piano, plus our own local chamber group, the Sedbergh Orchestra, as well as the Sedbergh Town Band and several concerts given by younger players of the town, notably from the independent Sedbergh School.

There were lunchtime recitals by singers, chamber ensembles, and as if that were not banquet enough, there were refreshments in the intervals and excellent midday lunches and evening suppers before some of the concerts.

With the exception of the Sedbergh Orchestra, all events took place in the lovely St Andrew’s Church at the very centre of the town.

We would like to acknowledge the help and support of the many bookshops, businesses, organisations, hotels and B&B’s, schools, venues and tourist attractions which have supported the Festival so positively this year. Also grateful thanks to all the Information Office staff, volunteer staff and other dedicated individuals who have shown such allegiance to the project.

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