EVM Update, September 2020


We hope that you`ve had a relaxing summer despite the on-going international situation, and that everyone has stayed well and positive during these challenging times As lock-down restrictions continue to ease and schools go back, we thought it was a good time to update our readers. 

We have given careful thought as to the way forward with concerts in our Music Room and feel that while it is of course important to keep everyone healthy, it`s also crucial to have some positive events to look forward to. Therefore we are delighted to announce that we will re-open our doors again in mid-November with a programme of uplifting and inspiring music from the 17th and 18th centuries (see Events Diary). 


We will be implementing the following safety measures for the well-being and reassurance of all our friends (following ISM endorsed government guidelines for indoor performances and updating as necessary):

Covid Safety Measures

  1. A maximum of 20 seats are available for each performance

  2. Seats are 3 metres from performers and arranged according to reservation requests, with 1 metre between each seat/group

  3. A one-way entry/exit system in operation indoors

  4. Performances will be slightly reduced in length with no interval though guests are welcome to bring their own drinks

  5. Hand sanitizer for use on entry

  6. Masks are recommended on entry/exit but can be removed whilst seated (please note that performers will not be able to wear masks)

  7. Thorough cleaning between each performance will be carried out

  8. Toilet facilities will be open

  9. We will ensure good ventilation, somewhat depending on the weather


If there is any aspect that you feel we have over-looked we would be pleased to hear from you.

We also feel confident that we can go ahead with our planned Christmas concert, Green grow`th the Holly which at the moment will follow the same format as November, with short daily performances running from Sunday 20th - Wednesday 23rd December…more details on our Events Diary page.


EVM Updates, July 2020

It seems a long time since our last update in March- so much has changed in the world and we hope that all our supporters have been well and kept active during the last few months. We are disappointed that so many of our performances have been postponed but the good news is that most of them will be reinstated next year. We`ll update you on that in due course.

With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease we are pleased to let you know that our face-to-face lessons will resume again from 20th July. We will have various safety measures in place for the wellfare of our students including a perspex screen for Michael`s singing pupils, hand sanitizers for use on entry and exit, and can easily maintain the 2 metre distance rule.

Official guidelines for the performing arts have yet to be announced so we are currently unable to give concerts but we feel cautiously optimistic that we can resume again in our Music Room from November 2020, if necessary with a reduced capacity to maintain social distancing between audience members and from ourselves. Our plan is to kickstart our concerts with a programme of uplifting music and to get us into the festive mood, our programme in December, `Green grow`th the holly` will feature well-known and much-loved seasonal music in addition to lesser-known gems. More information and details ( subject to change according to government guidelines) will follow as soon as we are able to firm up our plans. We will certainly look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone here again. 


Meanwhile, one of our many lockdown projects has been converting this... into this! At last, all our music is now in some sort of order!

EVM Updates, March 2020

Regrettably due to the current situation, our concerts scheduled for March 27th, May 9th and 10th have been postponed. However we are still 'open' for teaching and are giving online lessons both on Zoom and Skype until the restrictions are lifted. Please send us an email or ring if you'd like to set things up. ( or Michael 07947104286, Katharine 07810196215


For singing/ violin contact Michael at for Zoom or for Skype


For piano/ harpsichord contact Katharine at for Zoom or for Skype

Additionally, Michael is offering 20 minute online one-to-one `voice gym` sessions....keeping voices going during the isolation period. Please get in touch if you`re interested.

EVM January 2020

Firstly we wish all our lovely supporters a very Happy New Year, with our thanks for helping to make our first year so special! We have been very busy since the last update in August. Firstly we were delighted to be asked to perform at Askham Hall in September in their lovely Bank Barn. Our early evening concert was followed by a delicious meal in their amazing Allium restaurant (recently awarded a Michelin star) which we were delighted was sold out.Then in October we were very pleased to welcome here jazz pianist and song writer Jilly Jarman who has been so helpful and supportive to us in finding our musical feet in the area. We also welcomed here a very enthusiastic group from the local U3A and gave them a special morning concert followed by tea and biscuits. In November we had fun collaborating with colleague Mary Tyers (recorder and baroque flute) in our Baroque Fireworks programme and very much enjoyed putting together a seasonal selection of music focusing on Fireworks Day and 1605. We were booked out quite quickly for that one. Finally for the year we organized a Christmas concert Noel sing we, initially just in the evening but it proved so popular that we did an afternoon matinee too, which was also booked out several weeks in advance. (insert photos here). It was lovely to see our Music Room transformed into a  winter wonderland, and everyone was very complimentary about them. We are now beginning to plan for the year ahead and looking forward to some new collaborations, including the Penrith Singers, a concert in the magnificent setting of Hutton-in-the-Forest for Cumbria Rural Choirs, and later in the year with the Herdwyck Consort for their special 20th anniversary celebration concert in Grasmere. We`ll also be back at Askham Hall for two concerts, plus of course our own house concerts here, beginning with Awake sweet love on 16th February. Meanwhile, on the domestic front we are turning our attention somewhat to the next big project, Ella`s Cottage, our one-bedroom holiday let which at the moment is at the planning stage but we hope to get cracking with that as soon as possible. Lots to do!

EVM updates, August '19

It`s been a hectic few months since the Art Trail in June, mainly spent preparing for a fund-raising concert at Crosthwaite Church in Keswick on 3rd July, and our Opening Concert here in the Music Room on 7th July. There were loads of unfinished jobs to do (still are) including painting, filling, sanding and cleaning but we were delighted that we had all seats reserved 3 weeks before the concert, and even had to start a waiting list, so we were delighted with the enthusiasm shown by all our lovely new friends and neighbours. We were delighted too that our good friend and colleague Ian Gammie was able to join us for the concert so our programme featured a first half of favourite pieces, and the second focused on a selection of songs from our recently released CD The Rowan Tree- Songs of many shades.We set up a DIY bar in the hallway and the audience generously donated for the music and refreshments.

Drinks party during the Art Trail

Opening concert, 7th July

On 20th July we welcomed Kinfolk to the Music Room for a warm-up concert before their appearance at the folk festival, Music on the Marr in Castle Carrock the next day. We welcomed another capacity audience, changing the ambience somewhat with some rather effect strip lighting casting shades of pink on our white walls. 

Kinfolk, 20th July

Since then we have enjoyed another appearance at Scalesceugh Hall with a new programme, All in a Garden Green, featuring music by Purcell, Lawes, Couperin among others. We also gave another performance of Tamsin Jones` piece The Good-Morrow, written especially for us, which we first performed in Keswick on July 3rd.

We were delighted to welcome here for a few days, our good friend Abby Wollston who brought her magnificent nyckelharpa, and played some traditional Swedish folk tunes solo and in duet with Michael on violin. It all sounded wonderful in the lovely acoustics of our Music Room.

Abby and her nyckelharpa

Abby and Michael

We are now looking forward to our next concert in the wonderful Bank Barn at Askham Hall, a fabulous Grade I listed building, perfect for 17th and 18th century music. 

Askham Hall flyer

15th - 23rd June

Eden Valley Open Studio and Art Trail

We will be open daily from 10am - 5pm (closed Wednesday 19th) so do pop along and say hello! Live baroque juke box, and tea and coffee available. Delighted to be joined by landscape artist Lionel Playford who will be exhibiting a selection of his work, and demonstrating his painting skills.

EVM updates, May '19

We have been working hard over the last few months doing a myriad of jobs to our music room. Michael plumbed in a downstairs washbasin and toilet while Katharine has been filling, sanding and painting. The mezzanine floor will be sanded in a week or so, and the final floor laid at the end of May - all hopefully in time for the Eden Valley Open Studios and Art Trail in June. There is still a lot to do but we are inching forward!

Monday 25th March 7pm-10pm


We were delighted to be invited on to The Arty Show, Radio Cumbria with Helen Millican. The time flew by, and it was lovely to chat to the amazing composer Ella Jarman-Pinto, and poet Julie Carter.

EVM Updates February '19

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Carlisle-based composer Dr Tamsin Jones for writing a piece especially for us... The Good-Morrow is a setting of a John Donne poem, published posthumously in 1633, and is written in a 'New Baroque' style. Tamsin is an incredibly gifted musician and the piece is very tranquil and evocative. We'll be giving it it's first performance later in the year. 

15th - 18th February

Very much looking forward to our imminent recording project in our Music Room with Ian Gammie, guitar, and recording engineer Alex Tinlin. 

EVM Updates January '19

We were delighted to be featured in an article in the highly popular Cumbria Life magazine.