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WANNABE musicians from schools in West Sussex have been given a taste of the music industry at an annual summer school.

The Chi Rocks project, held at the University of Chichester, saw 60 pupils from across the county work with musicians, industry specialists and song writing students to produce a song that was performed at a showcase concert at the end of the three-day course.

The purpose of the project was to work with schools and use music to raise the aspirations of pupils.

It was organised by Louise Jackson, senior music lecturer, and supported by the university’s Widening Participation department.

Louise said: ‘The purpose of the event was to give pupils a taste of university life, showing them what goes on here and what they can learn if they continue with their education when they leave school. There were some great songs performed at the concert, and it was clear that everyone had put a lot of effort and thought into the music and the way they would market it to their fans.’