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Children’s Concerts inspire and educate

Monday 11th February 2013

Local children are acquiring an early taste of orchestral music, thanks in part to a grant from East Hampshire District Council.

Hundreds of children from local primary schools enjoyed a concert, arranged by Children’s Concerts at Petersfield’s Festival Hall, last week.

The five to 11-year-olds were treated to works from Handel, Strauss, Bizet and others including a narrative piece ‘Aladdin’ before being invited to take part in a rendition of Old MacDonald Had a Farm, complete with descant parts.

East Hampshire District Council gave £300 toward the concert and Petersfield ward member Cllr Bob Ayer said: “It is great to see so many young children getting the chance to enjoy quality orchestral music like this.”

The Southern Pro Musica with their conductor Jonathan Willcocks are committed to bringing the magic of music to school children and encouraging a passion that could last a lifetime.

The Children’s Concerts were launched in 1994 by Elizabeth Gotto have been held in venues in Petersfield, Portsmouth, Chichester, Woking, Winchester, Guildford and Southampton and entertain approximately 5,000 children a year.

Elizabeth Gotto said: “It is hoped, with funding, that these concerts will spread across the country and give all young children the opportunity to hear their first orchestral concert at a young age.”

They are supported every year by John Lewis together with the Foyle Foundation who provide 75 per cent towards the cost of coach travel