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Classical 101

Barnyard Serenade: Classical Music for Pigs

A British string quartet will give a concert for the sheep and pigs in residence at the Big Sheep, a farm in North Devon, England, according to This Is North Devon. Oh, and people are invited, too. As long as they wear formal dress. This Is North Devon quoted Big Sheep owner Rick Turner on how classical music benefits animals - especially, Turner claims, pigs:

It has been well known that dairy farmers have used classical music to improve milk yield by playing it in the milking parlour, and we have used classical music to calm the sheep during lambing time, but the pigs are the ones who really seem to tune into the notes.

The July 22 concert will feature the Sorelli Strings, a professional string quartet comprised, in part, of a trio of sisters. But if you're planning to attend, remember that you weren't raised in a barn: Attendees should wear formal black tie get-up, and the £15 ticket price includes a glass of champagne. Read more: Proms in a Pigsty at the Big Sheep (TIND)