Nine islanders will play with the BBC Concert Orchestra tonight in an event broadcast live on Radio 3.

Debbie Wainwright, Merryn and Vicki Smith, Jane Pender, Susie Taylor, Leigh Kendrick, Sara Symons Chandler, Sarah Shave and Lisbet Jackman will perform the Toreadors Song from Bizet's Carmen as part of BBC Music Day.


Their segment, aimed at 'rusty returners', is included in a special concert from Hall for Cornwall, which will be simulcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Cornwall at 7.30pm.


The group previously took part in two family music weekends organised by Five Islands School music teacher Debbie Wainwright and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 


Merryn Smith explained: "The two guys who came over were looking for 'rusty returners', people who had gone away from playing an instrument for years and were coming back.


"I love Radio 3 and appearing on it is a dream come true."


Merryn's personal rusty instrument is the Timpani. "After leaving school 24 years ago, I concentrated on the drumkit," he said. 


The Scilly musicians will also be interviewed during the interval. 

BBC Music Day is a UK wide annual celebration of music that aims to unite communities across different generations. Other Cornwall events include Duran Duran playing the Eden Project and a variety of musical activities in St Austell town centre. 

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