Pupils in tune with leading musical talent

Chiana Dickson from Lancashire Schools, with Rossall School pupils Sam Ayoma, Grace Gordon and Harry Gordon, and James Nash from Lancashire Youth

Chiana Dickson from Lancashire Schools, with Rossall School pupils Sam Ayoma, Grace Gordon and Harry Gordon, and James Nash from Lancashire Youth

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Schoolchildren were in perfect harmony with seasoned musicians for a concert that covered everything Beethoven to Burt Bacharach.

The choir and orchestra from Rossall School were joined by some of the country’s most talented young musicians from the prestigious Lancashire Students Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) and the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra (LYSO) for a night of music and song.

Rossall has a great musical and choral tradition and we hope performing with the LYSO and LSSO will inspire our students to great achievement in their musical careers

Led by the school’s director of music, Margaret Young, they also hosted the conductor of LYSO, Howard Lorriman, and Helen Harrison, the musical director for Blackpool Symphony Orchestra and LSSO for a performance.

Elaine Purves, head of Rossall School, said: “It was a great honour to be joined by Lancashire’s most celebrated youth orchestras and our young musicians and choristers really rose to the challenge to give a truly memorable performance.

“Rossall has a great musical and choral tradition and we hope performing with the LYSO and LSSO will inspire our students to great achievement in their musical careers.”

Rossall School’s 40-strong choir sang choral classics, For the Beauty of the Earth and Be thou my vision.

They then went from old classics to modern favourites, singing Burt Bacharach’s Carpenters’ hit Close To You.

Rossall pupil Samuel Ayoma, 11, who has been playing violin since he was six, said: “I started playing as part of a little club at infant school and have only really had lessons.

“I’ve never played with a full orchestra before, so it was a really great experience to play second violin and see how all the different instruments work together.”