Our Mission

Since the inception of the Ulverston International Music Festival in 2004 by acclaimed classical pianist Anthony Hewitt, enthusiastic audiences have been treated to top stars and ensembles of our generation on their doorstep, including Nicola Benedetti, Tasmin Little, Steven Isserlis, Natalie Clein, Emma Johnson and Martin Roscoe, plus jazz artists Gwilym Simcock, Dave Newton and Claire Martin, to name a few.
 
Our main event is the June festival which is supported by a winter series, and together with an education programme of in-school workshops, master classes, a family concert and our Ulverston Festival Chorus for local singers, we provide a packed musical calendar giving people of all ages in the community the opportunity to experience the very best of classical music either as a listener or participant, in order to help develop their skills and confidence through interaction with professional musicians.

 

Recent work

Since 2015 we brought in English Touring Opera to our programme, adding a popular and successful element to our activities which has since 2007 featured an orchestral concert (with a number of different professional orchestras), coffee concerts, a popular lunchtime young artist platform, cabaret-style and late-night concerts, comedy, and outdoor events. We also hold a winter recital series in Broughton-in-Furness, which each year focusses on a particular composer, or theme.
 
Also in 2015 we also initiated a ‘Young Ambassador’ programme led by BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam, with the aim of communicating with and inspiring other young performers through example. 
 
Our 2017 Festival featured two Outreach concerts: a Family Concert with dynamic percussionists ‘O Duo’, plus a tailor-made Children’s Concert with star saxophonist Jess Gillam. Over 400 children attended in total, and the latter featured cameo appearances by three young performers who were scouted locally.
 
ETO have brought two 'Special Needs' operas, annually invite children to a workshop and rehearsal, and a local school choir sang in Act 1 of their 2017 production of Tosca.