Cumbria Music Service


2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of  Wordsworth, one of Britain's most influential Romantic poets who wrote many of his famous poems at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.

Building on the success of three previous Young Composer projects we’re marking this date with an exciting collaboration in South Lakeland. Young composers will work with composer Laura Bowler, a poet from the Wordsworth Trust, sound artist Dan Fox from Sound Intervention and musicians from Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

                    In addition to our regular partners Manchester Camerata and Orchestras Live we’re really pleased to join with the Wordsworth Trust based in Grasmere, Cumbria Development Education Centre and Dan Fox from Sound Intervention to work with young composers from our previous project plus new ones from South Lakeland schools to create a collaborative composition for performance in 2020. We will also work with 3 local primary schools and Sandgate School to provide inspiration and input to this composition. Our thanks to Arts Council England projects grants for a significant contribution towards this project.


30 April 2020 - St Mary’s C of E Church, Ambleside

  • featuring a 13 piece ensemble from Manchester Camerata
  • presented and performed by the  young people who have collaborated on the composition

Monday 6 July - St Johns’ Church, Carlisle

  • with the Cumbria Youth Orchestra

Big Sings across Cumbria

  • giving KS2 children the opportunity to get involved in the compositions

Project Workshops

Taster Day for Young Composers: Sunday 3 November - Dove Cottage, Grasmere
Are you interested in taking part? See what it's all about at our Taster Day. Work with members of the Manchester Camerata, Sound Artist and Poet. Explore what inspired Wordsworth to write his poems and start to think about composition ideas.
Workshop: 8 December
Residential Weekend: 10 - 12 January (tea-time to afternoon) - Bendrigg Lodge near Kendal
Workshops: 26 January, 9 February and 19 April - Kendal Area

Who can apply?

We are looking for enthusiastic musicians who want to develop their creative skills in music. You don’t have to be an accomplished instrumental player, singer or composer. Our composer and musicians will guide you through the process and you will create the music as a group.

How much does it cost?

The project is fully funded thanks to grants so there is no cost to take part - even for the residential.