SCHOOLCHILDREN across St Helens will be treated to live playground concerts over the coming weeks.

A recent performance by tutors from St Helens Music Service at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School proved a big hit with children.

Following this, the service, which is part of St Helens Council, has offered to perform to other schools across the borough.

So far 11 schools have welcomed the invitation.

The next school concert is due to take place at Longton Lane Community Primary School in Rainhill next week.

Nicola Skrzypczak, assistant head of service at St Helens Music Service, said: “Schools concerts will be outdoor, social distanced concerts for the keyworkers’ children.

“We are hoping to continue these as school reopen also.

“The children will get a chance to see live music performed on cornets, a bassoon and a marimba, which is such an incredible opportunity for them, especially with the many schools planning on going to see the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic playing this term, which of course is cancelled.”

The school concert series comes after tutors visited several care homes to bring the sound of music to elderly residents.

Iain McIntyre and Andy MacDonald, the service’s brass tutors, have been out playing cornet duets.

Bethany Lewis and Trevor Bartlett have also been performing as a team, with Bethany on the bassoon and Trevor on the marimba.

The tutors performed live Parr Mount Court and Heald Farm Court and are planning to play again for residents of Reeve Court.

Nicola said: “All the tutors have said it’s been great to get out and play for the residents in care homes and keyworkers’ children and are looking forward to going out to do more.”

The schools tutors are due to perform at are: Merton Bank Primary School, Blackbrook St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Lansbury Bridge School, Rivington Primary School, Broad Oak Community Primary, Longton Lane Community Primary School, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, Queen’s Park Primary School and Birchley St Mary’s Catholic Primary.