Promote classical music within The Borough of Barrow

Encourage the performance of classical music among amateur players from all backgrounds by engaging with local schools, community groups, churches and local radio.

Build local skills, hopes and aspirations.

Explore the therapeutic benefits of music, in relation to mental and emotional well-being.


Thérèse Assouad

My professional career lies within education and social services; currently I am a Borough Councillor. I grew up in a musical family: my mother was a professional classical singer and, as a young person, I played the violin. I have always enjoyed and appreciated classical music as it is a source of great pleasure , inspiration and at times solace and comfort.  
Since moving to Barrow a few years ago, I realised that it was difficult for many to readily access live classical music performances in the locality. I had been fortunate to hear many professional musicians and students performing in other areas of Cumbria, and was inspired to try and encourage them to come to Barrow. Thus Furness Classical came into being with the support of some other talented musicians and artists. My role as a Founder Member is to promote our endeavours, help facilitate the running and organisation, and to offer support to all involved.


Zina Myakicheff Preston

Zina has played piano from the age of 8 and has taught piano and music theory in the Furness area for 32 years. She also accompanies grade examinations and competitions, and for a number of years has played keyboards for local amateur dramatic groups and their shows and concerts. In addition she has been a member of Furness Bach choir and is a member of Ulverston Festival Chorus, part of the Ulverston International Music Festival. Zina took up the clarinet in order to join the Furness Community Orchestra, of which she is still a member.  Music has been a lifelong passion and she is committed to sharing her love of classical music within the Furness area and it’s community.