Friends of Classical Music at The Sands

Version 43, May 2017

Latest News (May 2017).
  • Dates and Programmes for the concerts in the 2017 - 2018 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 one concert on a Saturday. There will no visit by the BBC Philharmonic, but instead we have the RSNO. There will be only one concert in the autumn of 2017. 16 works will be performed, and of these 9 are for the first time since 2000. But of those being repeated there is only one from less than 4 seasons ago; while the Beethoven Emperor piano concerto was last performed 11 seasons ago, and the Korngold violin concerto was 7 seasons ago, with the same orchestra. As usual there is plenty of Tchaikovsky, but for the first time there is a Prokofiev symphony.
  • 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.

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Dates of Concerts in the 2017 - 2018 Season  (Full details not yet available)

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 2017 - 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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