Malmesbury Music Academy is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a series of special events.

On Saturday celebrations began when doors were opened to parents and the public, giving them the chance to experience the music created by students of all ages and abilities. They were treated to performances from choirs, dancers and windbands as well as observing lessons and rehearsals.

MMA’s adult choir, the Melody Makers, entertained at the late-night shopping and Christmas lights switch-on ceremony in the town and then again on Saturday morning at Jackdaws Café.

Many MMA students are looking forward to performing at the Bath Forum in the fifth anniversary concert on May 11.

The evening is expected to be a showcase of local talent, including schools involved in the music academies in school scheme. Tickets will be available in January.

Academy directors Angelique Williamson and Stephanie Kenny said: “It has been five years of hard work from our tutors, support staff and students, and every minute has been worth it.

“We are so proud of all our students past and present and would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved for all their support. Particular thanks go to our main sponsor, Malmesbury Primary School, where we are based.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that our academy would be so successful, becoming such an integral part of the community and involving so many adults and children of all ages and abilities.”

Further information is available at www.malmesbury