Pupils learn with the sound of music at the Guild Hall

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A maths lesson with a difference kept 1,000 schoolchildren entertained at Preston Guild Hall.

The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra took time out from their busy concert tour to share their love of music with youngsters from local schools.

The annual event began a decade ago as an educational tool and this year the theme was music and maths.

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, chairwoman of the Preston Friends of the LPO, explained: “It was wonderful how presenter Alastair Molloy and conductor Michael Seal used the orchestra’s music to teach the youngsters maths. They really enjoyed the session and really got involved.

“The whole idea is to show children that classical music is not something to be frightened of. Many of the children have probably never seen a symphony orchestra and may never see one again. They were excited when they came into the hall and throughout the whole thing they looked like they were having a great time.

“It is something we have been doing for the last 10 years and, hopefully, it is something which will continue for years to come. But with the future of the Guild Hall uncertain - and thus visits by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - who knows? I would hate to think this will be the last one.”

The LPO were in Preston to perform their Classical Music Goes To The Movies concert - one of five visits booked for the orchestra to the Guild Hall this year.




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