Cockermouth Music Society


Cockermouth Music Society’s 22nd Season promises to be as interesting and exciting as any in the past with very accomplished musicians performing as soloists or as members of ensembles.  Once again, with the support of Orchestras Live we are able to offer an orchestral concert, Manchester Camerata on 25 October 2016.

For more information about our concert dates and how to find us, visit our Facebook page, read on below or contact the Hon Secretary, Mrs Susan Allison by email

We will continue our work to engage more people in classical music through a programme of free ‘Drop in’ recitals, extending free admission to more young people.

Cockermouth Music Society is a successful society and we want to make it even more successful for the benefit of artists and audiences alike. 


Next Concert/Event

Leon McCawley (piano)

Tuesday 20th September 2016


United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 7:30 pm


Subscription Tickets covering all 7 Professional Concerts, Young Persons’ Concert, Members’ Concert and membership of the society £85.

Ordinary Membership £14 Senior, £5 Junior - includes tickets at reduced prices.

Tickets: Members £14; non-Members £17.

Accompanied children Free.  Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.


Haydn: Variations in F minor  Hob XV11:6

Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie D760

Schubert arr. Liszt: Three Songs

  • Die junge Nonne
  • Die bist die Ruh
  • Auf dem Wasser zu singen

Mendelsohn: Six Songs without words Op. 19

Chopin: Ballade No 1 in G minor

Artist Details

Leon McCawley, one of Britain’s foremost pianists, has forged a highly successful career since winning 1st Prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and 2nd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, building on his earlier success as Winner of the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. Since then, McCawley’s impressive discography has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire.

As a concerto soloist, McCawley performs with many of the leading British orchestras including the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He has performed several times at BBC Proms. Further afield, McCawley has made concerto appearances with, amongst others, Adelaide Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, RTÉ Concert and National Symphony Orchestras, St. Petersburg Symphony and Vienna Symphony and worked with conductors such as Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Simon Rattle and John Wilson.  McCawley has been praised for the purity of his lyrical and heartfelt playing.

McCawley’s discography includes: Barber Piano Music (EMI Classics); Schumann Piano Music (Avie Records) selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone; The Complete Piano Works of Hans Gal (Avie), also a Gramophone Editor’s Choice; The Complete Mozart Piano Sonatas (Avie) awarded a Diapason d’Or ; Chopin Piano Music (Somm Recordings) ; a new recording of Barber Piano Music (Somm), awarded Critic’s Choice in Gramophone in November 2011; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Royal Philharmonic and City of London Choir/Hilary Davan Wetton (Naxos); Brahms Piano Music (Somm), selected as Classic FM CD of the Week in July 2012; Schumann Piano Music (Somm); Rachmaninov Complete Preludes (Somm); Vaughan Williams Double Piano Concerto with John Lenehan and Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martin Yates (Dutton Epoch) , described as ‘not been better served on record before’ and awarded 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine. His next CD of Haydn Sonatas and Variations will be released on Somm in Autumn 2016.

Leon McCawley is currently professor of piano at London’s Royal College of Music. He is married to the painter Anna Hyunsook Paik.

Future Concerts & Events

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Tuesday 24th January 2017
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Next Season

Date Concert / Event
Tuesday 25th October 2016 Manchester Camerata with Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet)
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 Coull Quartet
Tuesday 13th December 2016 Nicholas Daniel (oboe) & Charles Owen (piano)
Tuesday 24th January 2017 Endymion Ensemble
Tuesday 21st February 2017 Alexandra Lomeiko (violin) & Antonina Suhanova (piano)
Tuesday 14th March 2017 Sitkovetsky Trio