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Events & Projects

Each year we work with local and national partners to offer large-scale high quality music experiences for all Key Stages. Through these collaborative events and projects children and young people in Cumbria work with  professional musicians, experience live music and have their first opportunities for public performance.

2022 Events & Projects

Big Sing KS1

The Gingerbread Man

Throughout March KS1 classes came together in in Barrow, Carlisle, Eden, Furness and South Lakes to perform The Gingerbread Man and their own song in front of a live audience. For many it was their first experience of singing with other schools. View our Big Sing Gallery

Big Sing KS2

One World

The 2022 KS2 Big Sing has a theme of climate change and world music. Classes will join in one of our 5 performances in May in Furness, Carlise, Kendal and Ulverston.

Graffiti Classics

Playground Proms

The wonderful Graffiti Classics Comedy String Quartet took the excitement of live music to our school playgrounds in 2021. We welcome them back to playgrounds across Carlisle and the West in June plus 2 Family Relaxed Concerts. Find out more


Cumbria Calling

Composition Projects with Orchestras Live

Since 2016, our Cumbria Calling projects with Orchestras Live have been inspiring young musicians and have established an ever-growing young composer group in the county. To date there have been 5 projects, working with musicians from Manchester Camerata and the RPO. Hear the next performance on 10 & 11 July. Find out more

The Promise

A New Outdoor Opera for Families

We are hosting 2 performances in July of this multi-dimensional piece of theatre with community and the environment at its heart. Schools in West Cumbria will be joining us for KS2 Big Sing Makes a Promise. Find out more

KS2 Big Sing with Opera North

The Water Diviner's Tale

Schools in West Cumbria are working with the Opera North Choral Team to perform at the Carnegie Theatre in June. This environmental themed singing project is based on an arrangement by Academy Award winning composer Rachel Portman.

Live Music in Schools

Friday Live and BBC Introducing

We've teamed up with BBC Introducing to take live music into schools. Local bands and musicians have included JD and Swerve and Hardwicke Circus

If you go down to the woods today...

KS1 Singing Workshops

Schools in West Cumbria have signed up for this half day workshop designed to entertain and encourage us all to connect with the outdoors. Wellies and waterproofs might be needed!