Cockermouth Music Society


Cockermouth Music Society’s 25th 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 26 February 2019.

There are two kinds of membership.  A subscription ticket (£90) brings membership plus access to all seven professional concerts, members’ and young persons’ concerts.  Ordinary membership costs £12 (£5 for 18 and under) and this brings reduced prices for tickets.  Tickets can be bought by non-members for all events either on the door or at Billy Bowman Music

Subscription members will be able to bring a non-member to one concert in the season absolutely free of charge.  Please show your 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.  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

We thank United Utilities for their sponsorship of our 25th Anniversary season


Next Concert/Event


United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 7:30 pm


Single Tickets to non-Members:  £18.  Tickets to Ordinary Members £15

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


Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Opus 120 No 1

Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet

Dankworth:  Excerpts from Suite for Emma

Bernstein: Riffs and Scenes from West Side Story

Artist Details

Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. She is one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, having sold over half a million albums worldwide. Her recent recording of sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn with John Lenehan was described as “definitive…triumphant…a landmark disc” in The Observer.

Emma has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras in repertoire that includes all the major clarinet works as well as pieces written especially for her by John Dankworth.

Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. 2012 saw the release of his recording of Brahms Sonatas with Emma Johnson and, with Julian Lloyd Webber, a disc of music by Delius and Ireland which was chosen on its release as the Classic FM disc of the week.

Future Concerts & Events

Tuesday 16th October 2018
Tuesday 11th December 2018
Tuesday 15th January 2019
Tuesday 12th March 2019

Next Season

Date Concert / Event
Tuesday 25th September 2018 Emma Johnson (clarinet) & John Lenehan (piano)
Tuesday 16th October 2018 Chamber Philharmonia Europe
Tuesday 20th November 2018 Emmanuel Bach (violin) & Luka Okros (piano)
Tuesday 11th December 2018 Gould Piano Trio
Tuesday 15th January 2019 Endellion String Quartet
Tuesday 26th February 2019 Northern Chamber Orchestra with Chloë Hanslip
Tuesday 12th March 2019 Tom Poster (piano)