Unique cello event sees youngsters mix with pros

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A newly-composed piece of music is to be performed at Spalding’s South Holland Centre on Thursday.

Four members of the professional cello ensemble Cellophony will perform the music publicly for the first time at Lincolnshire Music Service’s first cello day.

A gathering of more than 70 cellists will also be performing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at the gala concert, which starts at 7.30pm.

Young players will spend a day taking part in masterclasses with members of Cellophony. The county’s most advanced student players will then share the concert platform with the professional group.

The Lincolnshire Youth Cello Ensemble, made up of experienced senior student players from across the county, and directed by music service teacher Glenis Malkin, will also feature.

The youngest performers are aged between six and nine and some play on tiny quarter-sized cellos. They will be representing their schools in Moulton, Donington, Bourne and Market Deeping.

Tickets are £6 adults, concessions £4 and accompanied children free, from the South Holland Centre on 01775 764777.