Cockermouth LIVE 2017

Friday June 30th @ Wordsworth House
The Professor of Adventure

Written and performed by Peter McQueen

Matinee performance 2pm
Evening performance 7.30pm
Limited capacity: 30 seats per show
Cost: £18 per ticket, £15 concessions (over 60, children, students)

"He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked woodbines and lived in a cave in Borrowdale. Meet Millican Dalton, unlikely conservation hero, in this captivating and magical performance."

Snake Davis @ The Kirkgate Centre
Saturday July 1st at 7.30pm

Featuring "Classic Sax Solos"

Legendary UK saxophonist Snake Davis presents an exciting show of classics from Baker Street and Born to Run to Yakety Yak. Performing them in context along with anecdotes and their history. Snake Davis takes solos from sax masters across the world and performs them with his breathtaking skill.

An instrumental solo can break hearts, lift spirits, even change lives in extreme cases. Sax is the favourite instrument for many folk, and for good reason. Saxophone, in the right hands, is so emotional, so passionate; it sings, screams, whispers.

Joined by Gareth Moulton (Cutting Crew) on vocals, legendary UK saxophonist Snake Davis and his band give us over 20 classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Still Crazy after all these Years, Respect, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from Million Love Songs, Moving on Up, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfields "Change".

Revealing some of their background and history as well as playing them in context. What is their individual magic ingredient, what makes them classic? How did they come about, how did the players produce that magic?

Sultry sax, searing sax, screaming sax, sexy sax, soulful sax, this show has it all.

"A virtuoso saxophonist" DAILY TELEGRAPH

Snake has also agreed to hold a Saxophone Masterclass in the afternoon.
Tickets for this are £5, but are free if booked with the puchase of a ticket for the evening concert.

Tickets are £19 and £14 for under 18s. Booking highly recommended for this event. Tickets for both the Masterclass and the Concert will be available from 1st Feb.

Sunday July 2nd, Christ Church, 2.30pm
The Papcastle Community Orchestra

The traditional closing concert from this 50-strong orchestra, conducted by Phil Wood. This year's concert will feature "British Music".

Programme details and ticket information to be announced.

Performer Applications

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More details for 2017 to be announced soon - meanwhile, click here to see what the 2016 festival was all about.