After our successful autumn/winter series of 4 concerts at St. John’s Church Keswick, the second half of the 2022-23 season began on February 14th at Theatre by the Lake with an unusual ensemble – violin and guitar.

Harriet Mackenzie (violin) a multi-faceted virtuoso with “captivating, searing intensity and full of panache” (The Strad) and James Boyd (guitar), one of the finest classical guitarists playing today. Long ago awarded the Julian Bream prize, by Bream himself, in recognition of this extraordinary talent. Together, these two outstanding international musicians performed a variety of arrangements and original works for violin and guitar including music by : JS Bach, Paganini, Barrios, de Falla, Piazzolla.

Next, on March 14th, we heard a performance by BELLA TROMBA, a brilliant all-female trumpet quartet! This exciting group perform chamber music extensively across the UK and abroad. They played dazzling original works`and exciting arrangements of music from the Baroque to the 20th century, including music by Monteverdi, Bizet, Satie, Imogen Holst and Clara Schumann.