- Date: 22 July 2011
- Area: Midlands
Vladimir Ashkenazy. Credit: Andrea Sacchi
Arts Council England has awarded a £40,000 National Lottery grant to Stoke on Trent Festival, which runs from September 2011 to May 2012.
The festival, which started 42 years ago at Keele University, now consists of nine orchestral concerts, five piano recitals and a schools' education programme.
Mike Lloyd, Director of the festival, said: 'The aim of the festival is to present in the City of Stoke-on-Trent the very best in classical music at affordable prices and develop new audiences. We are grateful for this Arts Council funding which allows us to expand our programme.'
The orchestral concerts will be held at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, and an international series of piano recitals will be held at the city's Forum Theatre.
Orchestras visiting include the BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
The season's education project will involve 600 children between five and eight, and will introduce them to vocal music. They will rehearse weekly at schools throughout the city. It will culminate in three concerts at the Victoria Hall, when 3,600 people will hear them perform.