Friends of Classical Music at The Sands

Version 44, 2018

Important News (March 2019).
  • Dates and Programmes for the concerts in the 2017 - 2018 season are given below, which are now of historical interest. As you will see the last concert given at The Sands Centre was by the Hallé Orchestra in May 2018. Owing to the withdrawal of grant funding, and the possibility of major building work at the Sands Centre no concerts have been arranged for the foreseeable future.
  • Coach Trips. However a number of coach trips to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to hear the Hallé are being organised during 2019. For details please contact the chairman of the Friends, David Ferriby 

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 2017 - 2018 Season

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

Friday 27th October 2017 — St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

conductor - Vladimir Altschuler

Prokofiev - Classical Symphony   New

Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 4 - soloist Peter Donohoe   New

Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade     4 years ago   [NB This is instead of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony]


Friday 26th January 2018 - RSNO - Royal Scottish National Orchestra

conductor - Jamie Phillips

Mozart - Symphony No 31, Paris    New

Korngold - Violin Concerto, soloist - Ning Feng    7 years ago

Sibelius - Symphony No 5    2 years ago


Friday 9th March 2018 - Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor - Valery Polyanski

Khachaturian - Masquerade suite    New

Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No 2 - soloist Tatiana Polyanskaya    9 years ago

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No 4    4 years ago


Saturday 21st April 2018 - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor - Petr Altrichter

Smetana - The Moldau    9 years ago

Beethoven - Piano concerto No 5, The Emperor, soloist - Pavel Kolesnikov    11 years ago

Piazzolla - Libertango    New

Dvorak - Symphony No 7    New


Friday 12th May 2018 - Hallé Orchestra

conductor - Sir Mark Elder

Stravinsky - Dumbarton Oaks    New

Mozart - Piano concerto No 18, K456, soloist - Hong Xu    New

Mendelssohn - Symphony No 3, Scottish    New


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