15 April 2016

Two thousand captivated school children took part in Sheffield’s largest classical music event of its kind at a packed out City Hall today (Friday, 15 April).

World famous orchestra, the Hallé, performed to children from 34 primary schools and one secondary school in Sheffield. They played pieces the children had learned in school, with all 2,000 children joining in to sing This Little Light of Mine accompanied by the prestigious musicians.

The event was organised by Sheffield City Council’s Music Hub in partnership with the Hallé and City Hall. The Music Hub is funded by Arts Council England and aims to help all children from all backgrounds discover and enjoy music.

Ian Naylor, Sheffield City Council’s Music Hub Manager, said: “This is the biggest event we’ve ever organised in Sheffield and we’ve had a fantastic response from the children and schools.

“Sheffield has a renowned reputation for unearthing great musical talent. We believe all children should be able to enjoy music, regardless of their background and family income, and work with partners to make this happen. We’d like to thank the Hallé for an amazing concert.”

The Music Hub has been teaching percussion to children in 24 primary schools over a ten week period. All 24 schools attended today’s concert including pupils from Angram Bank Primary School. Tamzin Middleton, age 11, and Abdulahi Hassan, age 9, attended.

Tamzin said: “It was amazing. I liked it at the start. They didn’t just play old classical music for adults. They played what kids would like.”

Abdulahi added: “My heart was dancing.”

Their teacher, Zoe Heath, added: “It’s an amazing experience to get children to feel music as well as hear it. It’s been great.”

The Hallé Orchestra performed a number of pieces from the BBC’s Ten Pieces Project, a scheme for 7 to 16-year-olds that aims to open up the world of classical music. They also played a piece by young local composer, Finlay Teather, aged 19, who is studying music at The Sheffield College.  Finlay said: “It’s a wonderful experience to have my piece played by the Hallé. Just amazing.”

Watch children singing This Little Light of Mine.