Manchester Camerata Surprise Concert


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Technology entrepreneur Lawrence Jones is going back to his roots as a young musician in Manchester by supporting the Camerata’s bid to get 2,000 school children inspired by classical music.

Jones, the CEO of hosting firm UKFast, joined the board of the Manchester Camerata in 2009 after helping the orchestra develop and host its new website. The partnership has developed since then and this May UKFast will support the orchestra as main sponsor in its Learning and Participation Scheme designed to introduce the city’s youngsters to the beauty of classical music.

The orchestra, and its latest community project, is of particular interest to Jones who started his career as a classical pianist in Manchester’s Midland Hotel. He set up a music entertainments business, importing grand pianos from Korea and leasing them out to venues in the UK, which he sold to Granada in 1997 before his move into hosting with his wife and business partner, Gail, in 1999.

Manchester Camerata launched its educational campaign with a specially-presented performance of Haydn’s Symphony No.94 – Surprise at The Bridgewater Hall on 23 May 2012.

The concert, which was sponsored by UKFast, launched the Camerata’s educational campaign with a specially-presented performance of Haydn’s Symphony No.94 – better known as the ‘Surprise symphony.’

The programme uses the inspirational power of music to help inspire young people to reach their full potential.

The concert was held together by the concert conductor, Gábor Takács-Nagy who spoke to the children with genuine passion for the music and composer Andy who involved the children in every element of the concert with childlike enthusiasm.


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