Friends of Classical Music at The Sands

Version 41, May 2016

Latest News (May 2016).
  • Concerts at the Harraby Community Centre Theatre are given below. This venue is now under the control of GLL, the company that manages the Sands Centre, and a chamber concert has been arranged there, details of which are given below.
  • Dates and Programmes for the concerts in the 2016 - 2017 season are given below. The details appear at the bottom of the page.  Once again there will only be five concerts rather than six; four will be on Fridays, and the opening concert on a Saturday. There is some very interesting music being played, some for the first time in many years, or at all. Elgar's suite Falstaff is being played by the BBC PO, and once again we have two Russian orchestras, with as expected Russian music, but also the Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia. Cellist Leonard Elsenbroich is back again, with what he says is the best cello concerto - that by Dvorak.
  • Pre-concert talks. Will be at 6.30 pm. As usual entry is free of charge to subscribers from the Sands Centre box office: separate tickets are not required.

The Friends has been set up with the following objectives:

The Friends have been set up on a formal basis. You can find a copy of our constitution here.  If you are interested in being involved, please send an E-mail with your details to:  or, better still, complete a membership application form and send it with your subscription of £5.

The Sands Centre itself has a  web-site,

Dates of Concerts in the 2016 - 2017 Season

Unless otherwise noted, all works are being played for the first time in Carlisle since the 1999-2000 season

Saturday 22nd October 2016 — Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra

conductor - Denis Lotoev

Vaughan Wiliams - Thomas Tallis Fantasia [last played 4 seasons ago]

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No 1 - soloist Pavel Kolesnikov [last played 4 seasons ago]

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No 6 [last played 3 seasons ago]


Friday 18th November 2016 - Czech National Symphony Orchestra

conductor - Heiko Mathias Foerster

Schubert - Symphony No 8 - Unfinished [last played 3 seasons ago]

Grieg - Piano Concerto - soloist: Mark Bebbington [last played last season]

Dvorak - Symphony No 9 - New World [last played 3 seasons ago!]


Friday 20th January 2017 - The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor - Sir Andrew Davies

Wagner - prelude to Act 1, Tristan and Isolde [first performance]

Dvorak - Cello Concerto - soloist: Leonard Elschenbroich [last played 5 seasons ago]

Elgar - Suite Falstaff [first performance]


Friday 24th February 2017 - Hallé Orchestra

conductor - Cristian Macelaru

Fauré - Dolly Suite [first performance]

Mozart - Piano Concerto No 9 in C - Jeunehomme - soloist: Heejae Kim [last played 13 seasons ago]

Prokofiev - excerpts from Romeo & Juliet [last played 11 seasons ago]


Friday 12th May 2017 - Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor - Yuri Botnari

Shostakovich - Festival Overture [last played last seasons]

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto - soloist: Natalie Lomeiko [last played 5 seasons ago]

Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition [last played 13 seasons ago]


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