Summer Music Festival
Tirril is on the edge of the Lake District National Park, with a population of 397 souls, a sleepy village with no shop, a Garage but most importantly a Village Hall.
On the evening of the 25th of February 2011 the Sunbeams Music Festival started: not just an event you would associate with a small village in Cumbria but, of the standard and class of a major County event!
These are not empty words; these are not inflated claims, as with so many things, you need to know who the best are, and then you need to hear them!
The festival lasted for three nights, starting with the Chris Laurence Jazz Quartet, Chris Laurence, Frank Ricotti, Martin France, and John Parricelli. I have to say they sound like half an Italian dessert but in the words of Tina Turner they are “Simply the best”.
On the evening of the 26th of February we had the honour to present the Locrian Ensemble of London, who delivered an evening of classical music second to none. Justin Pearson our Musical Patron and founder of the Locrians presented Rita Manning - Violin, Hannah Dawson - Violin and Morgan Gossff - viola. Due to the distinct diversity of the programme it was decided to divide the evening into three parts. This was not an old Dublin custom from whence Justin hails!
The standard was as ever sublime and Justin’s enthusiastic empathy with the audience was at its zenith.
On the evening of the 27th of February our final Quartet of the Festival was Aquarelle, four guitarists as one! Michael Baker, Vasillis Bessas, Rory Russell and James Jervis. Aquarelle just get better and better. Their music taken from Europe and South America shows an empathy with their instruments born of practise and devotion. As with any art form perfection is hard won, Aquarelle are achieving it and have left room to develop and expand. A must now, but what about the future?
Thanks to the support of the wonderful people of Tirril , Sockbridge and surrounding area as well as the generosity of Pride in Penrith Lottery who donated £300 towards the running costs, the Festival was a huge success and we hope can be repeated next year.
Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust