Cockermouth Music Society has promoted many concerts by professional musicians and has also been active in commissioning new works. Memorable evenings of music have been provided by soloists and ensembles including:
Soloists: Ilya Itin – winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1996, Nikolai Demidenko – piano, Peter Katin – piano, Peter Donohoe – piano, Martin Roscoe – piano, Joanna MacGregor – piano, Tamas Vasary – piano, Antti Siirala – winner Leeds International Piano Competition 2003, Andrew Brownell – winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2007, Chiao-Ying Chang – prize-winner in the 2003 Leeds International Piano competition, Marat Bisengaliev – violin, Lucy Wakeford – harp, Claire Jones – harp, Nicholas Daniel – oboe, Paul Watkins – cello, David Childs – euphonium, Jennifer Pike – violin, Tasmin Little – violin, Mark Padmore – tenor, Hannah Marcinowicz – saxophone, Leon McCawley – piano, Eleanor Fagg – violin, Rowena Calvert – cello, Alison Balsom – trumpet (with Scottish Ensemble), Matthew Trusler – violin, Anna Tsybuleva (piano) – winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2015, Laura van der Heijden (cello), Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet).
Piano Duet: Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow.
String Quartets – Danel Quartet, Endellion Quartet, London Haydn Quartet, Maggini Quartet, Vanburgh Quartet, Wihan Quartet, McFarlane String Quartet, Atrium String Quartet, Carducci Quartet and Brodowski Quartet (playing as both quartets and as an octet), Brodsky String Quartet
Chamber Orchestra: The Hanover Band, The City of London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Scottish Ensemble, Academy of Ancient Music