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KNEES were slapped, hands were clapped and voices were raised in celebration.

More than 500 children filled Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square to sing as part of the BBC’s Music Day.

More than 500 children came together to celebrate the launch of National Music Day.Picture: Sarah Standing (151076-3328) PPP-150506-182421001

More than 500 children came together to celebrate the launch of National Music Day.Picture: Sarah Standing (151076-3328) PPP-150506-182421001

Youngsters performed a ‘body percussion’ song called Connect It by Anna Meredith at the event, one of dozens taking place across the country. Portsmouth Music Hub organised the city’s performance.

Hub director Sue Beckett said: ‘This has been a really exciting way of telling everyone in the country music is a fantastic way to let off steam and have fun.’

Dovydas Kasparaitis, 11, a pupil at Southsea’s Cottage Grove Primary School, said he was thrilled with the performance.

He said: ‘We practiced it to perfection and I think it ended up really well.

‘Everyone takes part in music in the whole world. No-one is left out.’

Youngsters came from schools including Milton Park Primary School, Cottage Grove Primary School, Newbridge Junior School, Mary Rose Academy, Ark Ayrton Primary Academy, Saint John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School and Medina Primary School.

Milton Park Primary School pupil Amatullah Merrigan, 10, said: ‘We’ve been doing the Connect It dance, where we did different dance moves and percussion things with clapping, snapping and tapping our legs.

‘It’s important that you understand what music is about.

‘It’s been really fun. I’ve really enjoyed it.’

Portsmouth Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Jonas addressed the children and thanked them for a ‘brilliant’ performance.

Cllr Jonas said: ‘Congratulations to all the schools involved.’

He said the performance was inclusive and would be something the children would remember for the rest of their lives.

The Music Day got underway with a relay along Hadrian’s Wall in which musicians passed a baton to each other while playing instruments and singing.

BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: ‘BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home.’

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