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Virtual concert the first of many classical music events for West Norfolk

Classical Music Rocks are back with the first in a series of online concerts featuring international musicians to inspire youngsters across West Norfolk.

Normally reaching more than 5,000 children in schools across the area, the organisation's work went virtual when the pandemic hit, with the volunteers dedicated to keeping pupils engaged with classical music.

Peter Barker, CMR's founder said: "Due to the current pandemic we had to become even more creative in the way we deliver our performances. We have devised new ways of reaching new audiences and thus have developed our online work; these include online zoom school performances, pre-recorded children's concerts and an online concert series.

Klio Blonz playing the flute at St Mary's Church in Old Hunstanton.. (45086480)
Klio Blonz playing the flute at St Mary's Church in Old Hunstanton.. (45086480)

"We hope that some of this work will continue well after the current restrictions are lifted and can continue reaching those in a more vulnerable position who cannot attend events outside their home."

Classical Music Rocks began holding the Zoom sessions in September, and have since reached over 1,500 children across 12 schools, they have also allowed parents and children to access the sessions from home.

Mr Barker said: "A grand piano and harp have been beamed into schools, as well as many other instruments. We've had excellent, enthusiastic feedback from all schools."

Next Friday, the group will host their first online concert featuring the talents of Klio Blonz on flute, and Rebecca Hepplewhite on cello. Audiences can expect an enchanting journey with works by Corelli, Bach, Beethoven and many more.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from https://www.cmrschoolswestnorfolk.com/

CRM have plans for more concerts and virtual shows in 2021 for young people, the elderly and the community.

Mr Barker said: "We expect to shortly involve care homes so residents can enjoy the music as well as observe the interaction between children and the musicians. This is currently a free service and CMR invites interest.

"From September, we hope to resume in-person visits which are much in demand. For older children, we will provide taster concerts when they will experience short concerts but featuring more complete pieces of music."

He added: "At the end of November we will resume our low-cost concerts in the community, with two performances of The Nutcracker at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton."

Visit https://www.cmrschoolswestnorfolk.com/ for more information.

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