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Youngsters in West Norfolk learn more about why classical music rocks

PUBLISHED: 15:55 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:56 15 June 2017

Flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Loftving from Classical Music Rocks. Picture: Archant

Flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Loftving from Classical Music Rocks. Picture: Archant

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Youngsters in West Norfolk schools were able to find their rhythm in classical music and learn more about out why it rocks.

Classical Music Rocks presented interactive assemblies in three West Norfolk schools, pictured here in Clenchwarton Primary School. Picture: Archant Classical Music Rocks presented interactive assemblies in three West Norfolk schools, pictured here in Clenchwarton Primary School. Picture: Archant

Professional musicians, who have trained at the Royal College of Music, made three school visits and presented an interactive assembly complete with flutes, guitar and theorbo.

Organised by Classical Music Rocks (CMR), children from Walpole Cross Keys, Clenchwarton and West Lynn primary schools listened to the various tunes and discussed what the music meant to them.

Grace, 9, from Clenchwarton, plays the piano and said the music reminded her of playing in a band, adding: “I really enjoyed it, I’d also like to play the clarinet and flute.”

Reece, 9, said: “I liked how the music told a separate tale, it made me think about dreams. I’d like to learn about the history.”

Muscians Yu-Wei Hu and Johan Loftving with Classical Music Rocks founder Peter Barker. Picture: Archant Muscians Yu-Wei Hu and Johan Loftving with Classical Music Rocks founder Peter Barker. Picture: Archant

Two members of CMR, flautist Yu-Wei Hu, from Taiwan, and guitarist Johan Loftving, from Sweden, played a 45 minute set at each of the schools.

They said they joined CMR to introduce a different genre of music to children, having previously performed with renowned period ensembles.

Mr Loftving added: “It’s about making people, who may not necessarily have experienced of this type of music, interested in not only to play the instruments but allow the music to affect and connect to their lives.

“It could enrich how they experience pop music and find something in common.”

Chair and founder of CMR, Peter Barker, said the aim of the visits is to peak an interest in classical music in young people.

He said: “When we go to King’s Lynn Festival, it’s very much an aging audience with almost no children at all and this concerned me.

“Our visits have gone extraordinarily well, they’ve exceed all my expectations. We’ve had great reactions from kids wanting to learn about the instruments and enjoying the music.”

Classical Music Rocks is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2016. It is made up of professional musicians with the aim of getting live classical music in all primary schools in West Norfolk.

They will be performing at a free concert in Snettisham Parish Church on Saturday, July 22, at 12pm.

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