Julian Lloyd Webber hosted a special evening at the Malton Wesley Centre on 15th June, with performances from his wife, the cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan. Cause UK provided public relations and event management support.
The musical icon spoke about his career and gave a masterclass to local students Thomas Elliott, 18, from Malton School, who took a break from revision for his A Levels to take part, and Durham University student, Ben Messenger, 19.
Julian emphasised the importance of music education in school, not only for nurturing new classical musicians of the future, but for the music has on other subjects, like maths and science.
Julian said: “The schools who have put it [music] at their centre, have in proven cases, gone from Special Measures to Outstanding. It’s something that can raise the whole spirit and tone of a school. The narrowing of the school curriculum is also having a knock on effect on society. There’s been many, many studies that if you get involved with music it has a really positive effect on the rest of your school work. This country has produced enormous numbers of really successful musicians and we need to keep making sure we keep on doing that.”
The Wesley Centre, Malton
The event was spearheaded by the Development Lead for the Wesley Centre, Paul Emberley, who is raising funds and awareness for the historic Grade II* Wesley Centre, to be transformed into a community hub.
Paul said, “It was the first time our venue has hosted a concert of this scale. Once the building is transformed, it will be an even bigger attraction for events. We are excited for our next event, where we welcome the soprano Lesley Garrett on 5 July. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, which shows there is an appetite and appreciation for high quality classical events in our market town.”