Royal Northern Sinfonia, Westmorland Hall, Kendal Leisure Centre Wow, what a concert! At 9.20pm the players of the Royal Northern Sinfonia were doubtless anticipating that soon they would be en route back across the Pennines. But the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society’s audience had delaying tactics in store. As the final bars of ‘ringing triumph’ brought Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony to an end, a standing ovation, lasting several minutes, (only rarely experienced on these occasions and to which all the players contributed) greeted the evening’s maestro. Why? Simply because the Sinfonia that we have long known as a wonderful orchestra had just been inspired to perform to a considerably higher level by Julian Rachlin, its balletic principal guest conductor. Here is a musician with a CV to die for … Next »

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