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Proms in a Pigsty at the Big Sheep

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 11, 2012

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Animals will get to enjoy beautiful music alongside human visitors when a classical string quartet plays in an unusual setting.

Proms in a Pigsty will see Westcountry classical music stars the Sorrelli Strings play to an audience on four legs and two.

The concert on Sunday July 22 will be performed in the animal barn at the Big Sheep in North Devon, with all the animals in residence.

Big Sheep owner Rick Turner said: "It has been well known that dairy farmers have used classical music to improve milk yield by playing it in the milking parlour, and we have used classical music to calm the sheep during lambing time, but the pigs are the ones who really seem to tune into the notes.

"As far as I am aware this quirky new event will be a world first with a classical concert being performed in an animal barn. I cannot wait to watch the animals' reaction to the music, we have done a test run and they seem to enjoy it as much as the humans."

Sorrelli Strings are a professional string ensemble whose musicians have performed both in the UK and internationally. Sorrelli Strings was founded by, and predominantly the ensembles comprise of, three sisters 'Sorrelli', Ilfracombe girls - Kate, Jenny and Emma Collingham. They will perform under musical director Dom Carter.

Tickets are priced at £15, including a glass of champagne, and are available on line www.thebigsheep.co.uk or by ringing the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on 01805 624624. Dress code will be formal black tie. Prom picnic hampers are available for £8.50, by booking online at www.thebigsheep.co.uk.

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