Chichester music students’ charitable gigs for seafarers

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A UNIVERSITY of Chichester music scheme has raised hundreds of pounds for a local maritime charity through a series of concerts marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.

The University of Chichester Music Academy (UCMA) – a project which involves musicians aged eight to 18 from schools throughout West Sussex – brought together 170 musicians and singers and generated £544 for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

Gigs at Charterhouse and Windlesham House schools added to a performance with the Contemporary Music for All group and Southampton Concert Orchestra at Southampton’s Guildhall.

Dr Adam Swayne, regional co-ordinatory of the UCMA, explained his decision to back a charity that supports retired and impoverished seafarers through regular and one-off grants.

He said: ‘We are a university by the coast and so we are all too aware of the dangers of the sea.

‘Given the subject matter of these concerts, we felt the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society would be a worthwhile cause to support.’