MORE than 170 children from 10 special schools and schools with special needs provision joined together for a space-themed performance.
The event, organised by Hampshire County Council’s Music Service, told the story of a fallen star and the adventures it has getting back to its place in the sky.
This annual performance by our special schools is a wonderful way to bring children together and inspire them.Cllr Peter Edgar
Between each song, schools performed their own dance and musical performances, culminating in the finale.
Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education at the council, said: ‘This annual performance by our special schools is a wonderful way to bring children together and inspire them.
‘Music plays an important part of education for all children, particularly so for those with special needs – helping them to better express their feelings and emotions.
‘It was tremendous to see the children thriving in the sensory nature of performance – with the colourful costumes, use of parachutes, bubbles, confetti, lighting and screened animated films.’
Choirs of children from special schools, including in Fareham and Havant, sang songs they had been rehearsing since the beginning of the year.
They were supported by the Baycroft School Brass Band.
The space-themed story was inspired by Tim Peake’s own space adventure to the International Space Station that many schools are following.
The show at Ferneham Hall, in Fareham, was watched by parents, families and dignitaries from councils in the area.