A BAUGHURST school has raised £3,000 to help under-privileged children learn to play a musical instrument.

The music department at The Hurst Community College, in Brimpton Road, held a 12-hour music extravaganza to raise money to allow children to have music lessons at the school.

The event was organised by Sarah Gamblin, head of music at the school, and local schools, including Silchester Primary School and Tadley Primary School, came along to show their support.

Activities on the day included a mass singing event by students in Year 7 and a “Battle of the Bands” competition was also held in the afternoon.

To top off a musically-packed day, an evening of musical talent was provided by ex-students, including singer Rosie Clark and singer and ukulele player, Maisie Hallam.

Professional musicians, including guitarist and songwriter David Reece, also performed to an audience of around 250 people.

Hannah Townsend, a music teacher at the school, said: “It was a very popular day.

“It was to raise money for under-privileged children who can’t afford to have music lessons as part of our equal opportunities programme at the school.”