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On  14th November 2011, members of the Salford Symphony Orchestra joined forces with members of the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra in a rehearsal session with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Salford Symphony recorded light orchestral music at BBC Studio 7 on 26th June 2011, as part of Radio 3's Light Fantastic festival.

In October 2010, 17 members of the SSO took part in a music and drama project called "Salford Tales" with members of the BBC Philharmonic and professional actors.

The Project was a dark but moving drama based on the real life stories of people living and working in Salford, including teenagers, binmen and firefighters.

After a week of evening rehearsals, the piece was performed live at the Bridgewater Hall, as a pre-performance BBCPO event to HK Gruber's Frankenstein.

The piece was later recorded for Radio, in BBC Studio 7 at the BBC on Oxford Road.

Following the successful collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic on the Salford Tales project, it was suggested that we repeat the exercise with a live performance for the launch of Media City. This event was also broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester Thursday 16th June 2011 at 8pm.

After the performance there was a question and answer session with some of the people whose stories were incorporated within "Salford Tales". Also on the panel were Di Sherlock (Writer), Martin Maris (Producer), Mathew Barley (Musical Director), Paul Turner (BBC Philharmonic) and some members of the cast.

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