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


United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 8:30 pm


Supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Please note the change in soloist: Daniel Shao instead of Sarah Bennett

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 £14; non-Members £17.

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


J S Bach: Sonata in E Flat Major

Bartok: Hungarian Peasant Suite

Tchaikovsky: Lensky’s Aria from Eugen Onegin

Hamilton Harty: In Ireland

Poulenc: Sonata

Schubert: Standchen

Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Prokofiev: Sonata

Artist Details

Daniel Shao was born in 1995, and is currently studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music in London, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Before this, Daniel read for BA in music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, from where he graduated with first class honours. He previously attended the Purcell School.

Daniel often plays as an orchestral flautist including as principal flute with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Janus Ensemble and Oxford University Orchestra, and was co-principal of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the London Schools Symphony. He was selected for the London Symphony Orchestra Academy 2015, and this year has successful auditioned for the Music Academy of the West and Lucerne Festival Academy. 

Daniel has won prizes in several competitions including 1st prizes at the British Flute Society Competition Class B, International Award ‘Carl Reinecke’ in Italy (Junior Category) and 2nd prizes in the Bromsgrove and Ernest Bloch International Competitions. He was a wind finalist of BBC Young Musician 2014 and was the joint winner of the Felsenstein Leavers Award at the Purcell School. Additional prizes include Newbury Young Musician of the Year, Gregynog Young Wind Player of the year, and 1st prizes in the Oxford Philomusica and Brighton ‘Springboard’ concerto competitions.  

Daniel has played concertos with orchestras including the Oxford Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, and Kingston Chamber Orchestra, and has performed solo recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, and broadcast on BBC4. 

Daniel is extremely interested in new music, and has commissioned and premiered new pieces for the flute by young composers.

 Daniel King Smith has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Harold Craxton and Max Pirani prizes for Chamber Music and others for his all-round musical ability. 

His extensive concerto repertoire, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Gershwin, Ravel and Mozart, has led to many concerto performances in the UK and around Europe, including the Royal Festival Hall, London, various theatres in Cataluña, Spain, and San Stefano al Ponte, Florence.

Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life and he is currently staff accompanist at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and at the Purcell School leading to concerts for Prince Charles and at the Wigmore Hall. He also regularly accompanies at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and for Philharmonia Orchestra and South Bank Sinfonia auditions.

Daniel has performed on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster as part of the Belfast Festival, Northern Ireland, and appeared in the televised finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1996 as soloist and regularly since then as accompanist. In September 2003 he played as orchestral pianist with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also recorded a number of CDs, including a recent release with clarinettist Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label.

Future Concerts & Events

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Next Season

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