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Pupils from Devonshire Junior Academy were treated to an exclusive performance by Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández this week. The artist, nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation as a Rising Star, performed as a thank you from Town Hall Symphony Hall, after pupils from the Sandwell school named a new road after Symphony Hall.

Maja Kuzimska in year six was one of the children who came up with Symphony Drive, for the 22-home development by TC Homes.

It was great fun to suggest names for the road and we suggested Symphony Drive because of Symphony Hall in Birmingham and it sounds like a lovely, happy place to live.

Maja Kuzimska

Ahead of his recital at Symphony Hall on Wednesday, December 11, Pablo Ferrández, accompanied by pianist Luis del Valle, played for more than 300 children at the school and answered questions about performing across the world.

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We feel truly honoured to have had such a prestigious musician perform for us today. I am sure Pablo has inspired many of our children to further develop their love of music. This has been a fantastic opportunity for the whole school

Elise Waldron, Head of School at Devonshire Junior Academy

As a registered charity, we have one mission and that is to inspire a love of live music, through performance, participation and learning. Each year, Town Hall and Symphony Hall connects over 18,000 young people and adults to a world of music and performance across the West Midlands. By recognising the happiness and creativity that Symphony Hall inspired in the pupils of Devonshire Junior Academy, this enables us to build stronger connections to our communities and promote the importance of music education. It was important to us that we gave something special back to the students and staff at the school. I’m delighted Pablo was able to perform for them.

Nick Reed, Chief Executive of Town Hall Symphony Hall

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