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When Lancashire Sings Project Celebration Concert

Places are still available to go along to a free concert celebrating some brand new folk music produced by pupils from Lancashire schools.

The songs, created as part of the ‘When Lancashire Sings’ project, can be heard at The Guild Hall, Preston, on Thursday 30 March from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The ‘When Lancashire Sings’ project aims to inspire young people to create modern folk music through learning about their local heritage.

Pupils are currently working alongside staff from Lancashire County Council’s heritage learning team, local historians, the award-winning The Young’uns folk group, and music producer Andy Bell to write and record folk songs.

This concert is being held to showcase the project, giving the pupils the opportunity to perform the eight songs they have created alongside The Young’uns.

The Young’uns will also be performing a selection of their own songs during the evening.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “I’m really pleased that the young people who are involved in this project will get the chance to display and be proud of what they have produced at the concert.

“I know that they have been putting a lot of effort in to creating their songs. Through the project, those taking part have explored Lancashire’s rich history and traditional oral storytelling. They have then been able to produce something contemporary which will also have an important legacy for both teachers and other young people.

“Tickets are still available, and I would encourage people to go along to the concert to support the young people and their hard work, but also to find out more about our local history.”

A CD and a supporting resource book will be made available as a free MP3 and PDF teaching resource and will be launched in May. These will be used by schools to celebrate Lancashire’s history.

This project is a joint initiative between Lancashire County Council and The Young’uns Folk Group.

The schools that are taking part in this project are:

St James’ Church of England Primary School, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe

Central Lancaster High School, Crag Road, Lancaster

Worsthorne Primary School, Brownside Road, Worsthorne, Burnley

Shakespeare Primary School, Manor Road, Fleetwood

Leyland Methodist Junior School, Canberra Road, Leyland

Alder Grange Community and Technology School, Calder Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale

Some free tickets for Lancashire residents to attend the concert are still available. Please contact Emily Cooke at emlancashiresings@gmail.com to request tickets and find out about the information needed to register.

More information about the ‘When Lancashire Sings’ project is available from David Brookhouse in the county council’s heritage learning team by phoning 01772 535075 or by emailing david.brookhouse@lancashire.gov.uk

For information about Lancashire museums, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

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