Cockermouth Music Society


Cockermouth Music Society’s 24th 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, the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Christ Church on 21 November.

The new season brings with it an initiative - subscription members will be able to bring a non-member to one concert in the season absolutely free of charge.  Please show you subscription card on entry. 

Cockermouth Music Society is a successful society and we want to make it even more successful for the benefit of artists and audiences alike.  Every year we provide a platform for local young musicians to perform in our Young Persons Concert, which this season is on March 27th. Later on there is the Members’ Concert when we invite members and other local musicians to entertain in a concert setting.  If you are interested in hearing live classical music in Cockermouth, please join the Society or be a member of the audience as often as you can.  

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


Next Concert/Event


Christ Church, South Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7:30 pm


With the support of:

                                                          Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund

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

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

Tickets: Members £18; non-Members £20.

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


Haydn: Symphony No 49 ‘La Passione’

Mozart: Piano Concerto K414

Holst: St Pauls Suite

Mozart: Symphony No 29

Artist Details

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. He has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.

Viv’s concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra.

Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies’ Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded recitals for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus and the RPO label.

The Northern Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the 2017 / 2018 season.  It is one of the country’s top, professional chamber orchestras and has received critical acclaim for its diverse and exciting concerts and for its many recordings. Its expansive orchestral repertoire includes challenging works and new pieces by contemporary composers. The NCO is also highly regarded for its inspiring learning and outreach programmes and for its engaging teacher training initiatives. The NCO is the ‘Orchestra in Residence’ at Buxton Festival, Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and has a special learning and performance partnership with Chetham’s School of Music.

Future Concerts & Events

Tuesday 16th January 2018
Tuesday 13th March 2018

Next Season

Date Concert / Event
Tuesday 21st November 2017 Northern Chamber Orchestra & Viv McLean (piano)
Tuesday 19th December 2017 Belinda Sykes & Joglaresa - Make We Mirthe
Tuesday 16th January 2018 Artington Quartet
Tuesday 20th February 2018 Daniel Shao (flute) & Daniel King-Smith (piano)
Tuesday 13th March 2018 Rautio Piano trio