The St. Michael’s School brass ensemble were joined by some special guests recently as they hosted a quintet from the British Army Band, Tidworth.

The primary school pupils from Aldbourne spent time in a morning workshop with the musicians before joining forces to give afternoon concerts to the rest of the school including a joint performance of Pastime with Good Company.

The ensemble is funded by the Aldbourne Band and acts as a feeder group to the Aldbourne’s  Junior and Youth Band.

Their MD, Janet Roe said: “The youngsters were so inspired by both the workshop and the privilege of playing with professional musicians. The quintet totally engaged with the whole school particularly with their performance of 1,000,000 Dreams from The Greatest Showman, which had the children singing along.”

She added: “The children were excited to discover that three of the army musicians also play with the Aldbourne Band so there is a good chance they might see them again performing in the village.”