WORLD-famous musician Julian Lloyd Webber hosted a special evening at the Malton Wesley Centre.

The event included performances from his wife, the cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan.

Julian spoke about his career and gave a masterclass to local students Thomas Elliott, 18, from Malton School and Durham University student, Ben Messenger, 19.

He also emphasised the importance of music education in schools

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. “

Julian said: “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 event was spearheaded by the Development Lead for the Wesley Centre, Paul Emberley, as part of a fundraising campaign for the historic Grade II building, 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 July 5. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, which shows there is an appetite and appreciation for high quality classical events in our market town.”

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