Events and Fundraising

Photo: a band playing music.

Upcoming events

Keswick Victorian Fair – Cruse Stall

Sun 01 December 2019

More information coming soon…..

Previous events


Sat 19 October 2019 7.00pm

Threlkeld Village Hall, Nr Keswick.

Dancing to Blue Jam Band.

Tickets on the door £12 Includes hot meal. (£6 for under 18s) 

Bar available.


All proceeds go to Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria.

For tickets, contact


Ullswater Open Water Swim - Jaspar Joseph-Lester (fundraising event - still accepting donations) Updated with photos of the swim!

Sat 17 August 2019

Ullswater Open Water Swim - Jaspar Joseph-Lester (fundraising event - still accepting donations) Updated with photos of the swim!

Update: Jaspar completed the 7 mile challenge in 4 hours 11 minutes. There were 20 swimmers and they all completed the course under strict competition rules. The fundraising page (see below) is still open and accepting donations with all money going to Cruse. Jaspar plans to do it again next year to try to beat his current time!

Jaspar plans to swim 7 miles in Ullswater to raise funds for Cruse Cumbria, with a support team that includes the Chair of our Fundraising Committee, Richard Farncombe. We wish Jaspar all the best in this amazing feat! Here's a link to his fundraising page:

Lute in the Barn: Matthew Wadsworth Lute and Theorbo

Sat 13 July 2019

Lute in the Barn: Matthew Wadsworth Lute and Theorbo

Music by Dowland, Johnson and Kapsberger.

We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to hear aclaimed Lutenist Matthew Wadsworth live in the intimate environment of Lucy's Barn on 13 July.

Matthew plays at festivals and concert halls in various corners of the world, and his many recordings have been featured as Gramophone editors choice on several occasions. On this occasion however, he is giving a recital in Lucy's Barn, and you will have a chance to hear the lute up close, just as people would have done back in the 17th century!

“The playing in this little theatre of shadows is of course ravishing throughout, with Wadsworth again demonstrating his appreciation of the lute’s propensity for subtle gradations of tone and timbre”
(Gramophone Magazine, Editors Choice, August 2017)

To learn more about Matthew, visit his website at

Or watch him on Youtube: ormation to follow.

Kenneth Wilson, the Poetical Cellist

Sat 22 June 2019 7.00 pm

Kenneth Wilson, the Poetical Cellist

Poet and cellist Kenneth Wilson presents a moving and absorbing solo show telling a story of Love through poetry and music.

Love enthrals and confuses us all. From the first heady moments of falling into it, through a rollercoaster of better and worse, to an array of possible endings – sad, violent or just inevitable – the poetical cellist is an inspired guide.

The show is based on Kenneth Wilson’s recently published collection, The Definitions of Kitchen Verbs, poems which range from the profound and shattering to the wistful and comical.

As well as a poet, Kenneth is an accomplished cellist. To illuminate the poetry, he performs a variety of airs and ballads, and Bach, which accompany and illustrate the story.

“You will laugh. You will cry. You will love better, before it ends. And you will definitely want to take up the cello!”


The Renames, Yorkshire group back by popular request

Sat 15 June 2019 7.00 pm

Fain, a duo play dance tunes, laments & airs, old & new from Scotland, Ireland & Cumbria

Sat 25 May 2019

Fain, a duo play dance tunes, laments & airs, old & new from Scotland, Ireland & Cumbria

In the fifteen years they have been appearing together as Fain, Anne-Marie Kerr (vocals, keyboard, whistles) and Ian Wright (vocals, violin) have entranced and entertained audiences around Cumbria and beyond with their distinctive sound and repertoire, centring on the lyrical clarity of Anne-Marie’s voice and beautiful tone of Ian’s violin. Combining Anne-Marie’s folk background and Ian’s classical training, they write their own arrangements of songs, dance-tunes, laments and airs, old and new, from Ireland, Scotland, Cumbria and France.


Windermere Marathon

Sun 19 May 2019 10.00 am

Windermere Marathon


We are delighted that Craig has signed up and committed himself to running the Windermere marathon and giving all donations to Cruse Cumbria.

Do support Craig meet and exceed his target , and a huge thank you for taking on this challenge for Cruse.

“So it looks like I'm taking a crack at the Windermere Marathon.

“It's not the biggest distance challenge I've taken on, but it'll be the only one I've tried to run.”

“The South Lakes is an area that holds a lot of happy memories for me. So I want to take this opportunity to raise some cash for Cruse Bereavement Cumbria honour of my old friend Andy.”

“Cruse Bereavement Cumbria's services are delivered entirely by volunteers and they rely on donations for funding. They were there to support Andy's family. Please help me to say thank you to them.”

Event details: The ASICS Windermere Marathon

Starting and ending at Brathay Hall. The Windermere Marathon has a reputation as one of the most challenging road marathons in the UK. Categorised by Runner’s World as ‘undulating’, the 26.2 mile course includes 1,400ft (430m) of ascent.


Click here to go to Craig's page at BT My Donate.

Li Lu playing all the Bach Cello suites

Sat 18 May 2019

Li Lu playing all the Bach Cello suites

“The epitome of international, cool, young and elegant, Li Lu plays with a passion that takes flight both sonically and visually” – Sky Arts

Originally from China, Li Lu describes herself as ‘a cellist with wings’, ‘an artist with a bow’ and ‘an adventurer with a cello’. Classically trained to the highest level, as a soloist and orchestra musician, she has performed across Asia and Europe. Her artistic life took a new direction when she accepted a challenge to travel across Europe, in thirty five days, from Athens to Edinburgh, surviving purely by playing cello. Her performances were featured in a Sky Arts documentary Art of Survival (2011), reaching a vast audience in the UK and internationally.

The experience of engaging an audience through playing in unexpected scenarios and settings, and with food, shelter and transport depending on how well she was received, brought a new maturity, power, and immediacy to her performances. Inspired by her adventure she recorded the complete Bach cello suites, named In love with Bach (2012).

Li Lu's adventure made her want to connect more with a non classical audience, especially children, and it reawakened a long-held fascination with design and the visual arts. This has lead her away from a standard musical career into teaching and into a number of unconventional musical collaborations. In addition to her exciting performing career, Li Lu works with Chetham’s School of Music, where she enjoys teaching young music talents.


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