MUSICAL prodigies from schools across Trafford came together to flex their musical creativity before a live audience last week.

More than 30 schools participated in the two-day event at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) on July 18 and 19.

A Trafford Council initiative, the event was organised by Trafford Music Service to give Trafford’s children and young people the opportunity to create original music with support from professional musicians and teachers.

More than 1,800 children took part in a series of concerts for parents, carers, friends and families.

Children from Years 1 to 6 (6 to 11 years old) performed with instruments ranging from ukuleles, violins, guitars, African drums, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, violas and flutes.

Jane Brammall, one of the event organisers said: “ExTRAFFORDganza is a celebration of all our ‘wider opportunities’ children coming together and playing their instruments with the Trafford Music Service staff and each other.

“It’s also a celebration of singing and an opportunity for our children to experience a live, quality music performance.”

The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Tom Ross, attended the event and joined in by playing his violin.

He said: “It’s thanks to Trafford Music Service that I started playing the violin at age seven.

“I’ll never forget the support I received from my violin teacher throughout my time at school and I was so pleased to be asked to attend and participate in this event.

“It’s something that’s close to my heart and is such a fantastic service that benefits so many children.”