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Past Events

2023 proved to be our biggest year yet. In a music-filled weekend, our Summer Festival in July featured over 80 musicians in 7 events all across Wirral. Record audience numbers enjoyed brilliant performances by Kantos, The Katona Twins and the Festival Players in some of Wirral's most intimate venues. Our multi-sensory family concert reached music lovers of all ages and the festival's youth events showcased the next generation of local string and brass players. Our Christmas by Candlelight concerts sold out within weeks and delighted audiences with enchanting music in a magical atmosphere. 


The Katona Twins St Mary's, Eastham

Kantos Chamber Choir St Andrew's, West Kirby

Wirral Youth Brass Woodside Ferry Village

Schubert's Trout Quintet Christ Church, Port Sunlight

The Music Monster Family Concert Gladstone Village Hall

Youth String Quartet Academy Williamson Art Gallery

Christmas by Candlelight St Luke’s, Hoylake and St. Mary's and St Anne's, Neston


The London Handel Players Heswall Hall

Wirral Youth Brass Pacific Road, Birkenhead

Brahms' String Sextet All Saints Church, Thornton Hough

The Story of Brave Little Beau - Family Concert Pacific Road, Birkenhead

Liverpool Wind Collective The Holy Name of Jesus Church, Oxton

Christmas by Candlelight St Luke’s, Hoylake and St. Nicholas, Burton


The Four Seasons All Saints Church, Thornton Hough and St Luke's, Hoylake

Liverpool Brass Quintet St Luke's, Hoylake

Schubert's String Quintet St Peter's, Heswall

Making Music Family Workshop The Dell, Port Sunlight

Klezmer-ish Hulme Hall

Online Concerts in the Community

Recorded in West Kirby Arts Centre, the following concerts were streamed online but can still be watched here.

Pixels Ensemble perform music by Bridge, Shostakovich and Piazzolla:

Liverpool Wind Collective perform music by Kummer, Piston, Muczynsky and Koechlin:

Spotlight series

During lockdown, we curated our own Spotlight series: free-to-view videos of lockdown performances given by members of the WCMF team and friends.

Festival founder and Artistic Director Thelma Handy plays Bach's Minuet from the Partita in E Major at home:

Festival co-founder Alex Holladay performs Luciano Berio's Sequenza XIV for solo cello:

Performance pre-recorded and broadcast on Wednesday 2 December 2020 as part of a Pixels Ensemble recital for the University of Liverpool Lunchtime Concert Series:

String Trio by Jean Françaix, movements I, III and II, as recorded for the Bitesize Proms, in aid of Help Musicians UK (Production by Chris Tann):

As the Spotlight series grew, so did our levels of creativity and we had a lot of fun creating something rather special. Celtic Elegy, written by internationally renowned composer Ian Stephens, has been brought to life in a film made only a stone's throw from his home in Wirral. With breathtaking views of the River Dee and Hilbre Island, Caldy Hill is the perfect setting for such beautiful music.

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