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A BUSINESSMAN will lead a team into the African wilderness to on a mission to set up a music school for children.

Chris Read, chief executive of Gunwharf Quays-based software firm Dunstan Thomas, will head a group of seven bosses from across Hampshire on the mission to an isolated Ugandan village close to a mountain gorilla habitat in May.

Mr Read said he hoped music would could help to end conflict in the region, 
which had often been touched by war.

Mr Read said: ‘Would it not be great if truly we were able to make music not war?

‘I have a vision that in my lifetime, I will arrange for the children to visit the UK to perform.’

The village, called Nkuringo, has about 600 inhabitants. The village’s school has 115 children of whom 30 are orphans.

Mr Read said: ‘I am calling this initiative the Nkuringo Foundation Music School.’

He called for people to donate old musical instruments or other equipment that could be useful to people in the village.

Mr Read said people could donate or find out more at his website dthomas.co.uk/nkuringo.