Lancaster girl, 6, conducts top orchestra

A six year old girl took up the baton to become an orchestra conductor for the day.

Wednesday, 18th October 2017, 1:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:04 am
Conductor Jonny Lo and six-year-old Erin Roberts, who took over as conductor of the Haffner Orchestra in St Nicholas Arcades, Lancaster.

Erin Roberts was a big success as temporary conductor of Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra in St. Nicholas Arcades on Saturday.

The 40-strong orchestra was playing there as part of the Lancaster Music Festival when conductor Jonny Lo asked for a volunteer to try his job.

Dallas Road Primary School pupil Erin was up to the task and the players were very faithful in following her lead.

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Her mum, Lesley, who has just taken up the cello, said: “We thought the orchestra was wonderful - such a treat to get to see the players up close! Thank you for a wonderful experience for the children.”

Erin’s brother Aden is eager to try conducting too. The orchestra’s next concert is on Saturday, November 11 at the Great Hall, Lancaster University.