Hadleigh children wow during show

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Nearly 200 people crammed into Hadleigh’s United Reformed Church on Saturday to experience the musical talents of 50 local children.

The children, from both Hadleigh and the surrounding villages, had spent the earlier part of the day in a workshop run by jazz musician Pete Letanka, learning six new songs from around the world.

Pupils from St. Mary’s School, Hadleigh Community Primary School and Miss Lesley’s School of Performing Arts also attended with song and instrumental pieces they had been practising beforehand.

Run and sponsored by the Rosa Simon Music Fund, the end result was an impressive hour long performance, with the children, some of whom had never performed in front of an audience before, rising to the challenge.

“This is what Rosa’s Fund is all about,” said Paul Simon. “We aim to get an instrument into the hands of every child who wants one. We aim to pay for the costs of musical tuition for every child who wants to learn but family circumstances might not allow all this.

“And we aim to give performance experience to every child who wants to sing and play an instrument in front of an audience.”

Nearly £600 was raised for the fund at the event.