Pupils to perform at top city event

Over 1,600 Sheffield schoolchildren will perform at a major music education conference to be held at the Crucible Theatre next Monday.

Listen Up is being organised by Music in the Round, a centre of excellence for chamber music outside London.

Youngsters will play with Ensemble 360 to perform popular family concerts The Lion Who Wanted to be Loved and Giddy Goat.

The event for teachers and music specialists is fully booked, with over 75 delegates due to attend.

The conference will focus on music education for three to seven-year-olds, and how it can fit into the national curriculum.

It will look at how music can be included in every school day, as a springboard for speech, language development and storytelling.

Music in the Round creative producer Polly Ives said the event had been a year in the planning.

She said: “We felt that there was a real lack of resources in this sector for those in the north of England – and we knew that we had the capability to host something on this scale. We firmly believe that music isn’t, and shouldn’t be, just for music specialists – it can be used as a tool and a catalyst to facilitate all types of learning.”