Teachers show what they can do

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A NEW city orchestra makes its debut at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill next Saturday (October 6),

Sheffield Symphonic Strings, which is described as a “a group professional musicians” by Ian Naylor, the person who has got them together.

The concert takes in the respective string serenades by Tchaikovsky and Elgar, plus Barber’s Adagio, and is conducted by Ian, Sheffield Music Service assistant manager, himself a cellist and extremely active in music education in the city.

He says: “Many of Sheffield’s most prominent string teachers, whether working in schools, universities, with orchestras, small groups, or individually will be forsaking their normal duties to show that as well as being inspiring teachers they are highly accomplished musicians in their own right.

“They will be joined by friends and colleagues connected with the Sheffield music scene, many of them now in professional orchestras.”

He adds: “We have got a blinding orchestra together and are hoping that many of the students who learn with the performers will be there to see their teachers in a different light.”

The concert starts at 7pm and tickets, £10, £3 in full education, will be available on the door with proceeds from the concert going to the Friends of Sheffield Music Service, a charity that helps to support the provision of music education for children from all backgrounds.