Our local community has experienced a collaboration which has been a huge success. Sixth form students were invited to create a composition and to have the professional group, The Smith Quartet perform their piece at the recent LifeForce festival concert. Alongside this unique opportunity, school children from the Butts Primary School were given cellos and violins and taught the rudiments of playing as part of an initiative from EHDC called ‘Listen to me’. The youngsters worked with Alton College teacher and composer, Pande Shahov and were able to perform the new piece with the quartet at the LifeForce concert.

Both EHDC and Hampshire Music Services were delighted with the collaboration. Martin Read, Head of Music at Alton College said “It is great that we are able to offer these exciting wider opportunities in the community and hope to extend this experience again in the future.”  He added, “The recent LifeForce festival concert held at Alton College was a testament to collaborative work across many communities and ages and highlighted the strength of imagination and musical talent in our local area”.

The final workshop and concert in this series will be on Friday 14 May and features Ken Burton and the London Adventist Chorale. Tickets are available through the Anvil Arts Box Office 01256 844244 more information can be found at www.altoncollege.ac.uk