Cumbria Music Hub

WYO is now part of the great Cumbria Music Hub, supporting all musical education activities in the county. Log on to see more.


Westmorland Music Trust

Westmorland Music Trust was established in 1945 by an enthusiastic group of people with a love of music, who wished to promote music-making across the then county of Westmorland.

With help from the Frieda Scott Charitable Trust and membership subscriptions, they give annual grants to a considerable number of young students to help with their music tuition fees, as well as supporting those continuing their music studies at higher levels.


Flutes & Co.

The number of flute players looking for the opportunity to play with others is always growing. Flutes & Co offer you that opportunity. They currently have nearly 30 members of different standards with an age range of 11-60, who come from both Cumbria and North Lancashire. Under the musical direction of Sue Nicholls, the group rehearses twice a month at Castle Street Centre in Kendal, giving numerous public performances a year. They aim to provide challenging musical experiences, have some fun and the chance to meet other flute players.   


Lake District Summer Music

An annual chamber music festival based in the south and central Lake District, which takes place throughout the first two weeks of August. It brings internationally acclaimed artists to the Lake District to perform in intimate settings such as parish churches and town halls. The organisation often runs summer schools and academies alongside the festival, so that the festival artists can tutor emerging UK talent in the beautiful settings of the Lake District. Check their website for full details of their seasonal plans.


The Association of British Orchestras

The Association of British Orchestras exists to support, promote and advance the interests and activities of orchestras in the UK. Previously representing only professional orchestras, its remit has now expanded to include Youth Orchestras. WYO are therefore now affiliated to ABO and look forward to benefiting from their advocacy.


The National Youth Orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra brings brilliant young musicians together for an incredible creative experience and inspires audiences with fresh powerful performances.

At the NYO website, you can learn more about upcoming events, read the blog written by members themselves, join the mailing list and discover other ways of supporting the NYO, and if you’re a young musician, find out how you too can be part of NYO adventures.


The Lakeland Sinfonia

Founded in 1975 and still going strong, this concerts society promotes a vast range of classical music in the Lake District, as well as running its own concert orchestra that performs in two concerts annually. The Lakeland Sinfonia is proud to continue promoting live classical music here in Kendal, and has a history or supporting young local talent, as well as international artists such as the The Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. Visit their website for more details or to obtain a brochure of events. 


Mary Wakefield Westmorland Music Festival

This music festival is held every other year, (the next is planned for March 2017) and runs for approximately 1 week. It includes concerts, workshop days for children in both primary and secondary schools, and adjudicated classes for instrumentalists, singers and choirs.


The Westmorland Orchestra

The Westmorland Orchestra is made up of over 60 dedicated amateur musicians drawn from Cumbria and North Lancashire who rehearse weekly in Kendal from September to May and give three public concerts a year. For large-scale works it also draws on the support of local professionals. It presents the full range of the established symphony concert repertoire, including newer, lesser-known works of the 20th century. It also actively supports and encourages young musicians embarking on a professional career.


Vacation Chamber Orchestras (VaCO)

VaCO is a UK Registered Charity that runs residential chamber orchestra courses for advanced young musicians, offering professional training in a relaxed, but tutored, environment. Courses are highly subsidised to ensure they are affordable for aspiring young talent. Their courses focus on exciting orchestral repertoire, as well as exploring and developing a wide range of chamber music and small ensemble pieces – coached by some of the UK’s leading musicians. The technical level of students is generally required to be about grade 8 or above.



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IMSLP stands for the International Music Score Library Project, and was started in 2006. The ultimate goal of the IMSLP is to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers (or their estates) who wish to release them to the public free of charge. It has a vast selection of free sheet music available for download, and is an incredibly important resource for the 21st Century musician!


Keldwyth Award

This is a musical scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding, young musician either born or educated in Cumbria. The Award is competed for annually in a Preliminary Round Concert and a Finals Concert, to both of which the public are invited. The winner receives a cheque for £1000 and the Reg Griffiths Trophy. The runner-up receives a cheque for £500 and the Geoffrey Blake Trophy. The other two finalists each receive £250. All other competitors each receive £50 toward the expense of competing.


National Children's Orchestras

NCO was founded in 1978 to provide younger musicians with the opportunity to develop their talents in a national symphonic orchestra.

NCO is the only organisation that operates on a national scale in the UK catering for children in the 7-14 years old age group who show an early spark of musical talent and potential.


Paul Pfeuti Young Musician Trust

Are you a young person with an interest in music? The Paul Pfeuti Young Musician Trust is keen to support primary and secondary school age musicians in full time education. This includes students in Sixth Form and FE Colleges. Please read the attached guidelines before submitting an application to the Trust. The Trust's assessing panel meets regularly and shall contact applicants shortly after receiving a written application. Link to Guidelines and Application here. Use Back Button to return to this page.


Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music in the UK. Their mission is to maximise the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music. Their work includes composer and artist development, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. They champion new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seek to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many. Opportunities to get involved include an annual summer school for composers aged 14-18.