Pupils in tune to play with the pros at City Hall event

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Pupils from Sheffield schools are preparing to play with the professionals this Friday at a unique concert taking place at the City Hall.

Youngsters of all ages will take to the main Oval Hall stage to join the Halle Orchestra for a performance featuring original material and well-loved favourites.

The Come and Play with the Halle project is coming to Sheffield for the first time after being popular in Manchester for a number of years.

The orchestra’s education director Steve Pickett said children would have the amazing experience playing and singing with an international symphony orchestra.

“For many, this will be the first time the children have seen and heard a live professional orchestra, so to have the chance to perform alongside one too will be an experience they will never forget,” he said.

The concert will present specially composed works which enable effective collaboration between the world-class musicians of the Hallé and young instrumentalists at the start of their musical journey.

Original and arranged material designed for the professionals and young people to share will be presented alongside orchestral blockbusters, ranging from film scores to famous classics.

The programme will include Steve Pickett’s Song From a Railway Carriage and specially arranged versions of works by Strauss and Tequila by Chuck Rio.

Schools involved include Ballifield, Beck and Birley primaries, as well as Meadowhead and Forge Valley.