More than 2,200 key stage 1 pupils (aged 5, 6 and 7 years), from 50 Hampshire schools recently lent their voices to an interplanetary musical adventure – ‘Barnaby Bear Goes into Space’.

Organised by Hampshire County Council’s Music Service, the audience of children sang songs they had rehearsed since the start of the autumn term in support of the main stage performance.

Councillor Keith Mans, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “We are very proud of our music service and this annual singing event is a great example of the opportunities that the Service opens up to children and young people of all ages to get involved in music. Music plays an important role in a well-rounded education and it is a wonderful way to bring people together.”

Telling the story on stage, with Barnaby the Bear himself, were a Music Service staff band, two of Hampshire County Youth Choir’s finest singers, Nina Smith and Hari Bravery, as well as a massed choir of key stage 2 pupils (7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds) from All Saints Church Of England (Aided) Junior and Berrywood Primary schools. Special effects, a rocket and dancing added to the excitement of the production which took place at The Anvil in Basingstoke on 5 and 6 March 2018.

The participating schools were:

Amport CofE Primary School, Andover

Bentley Primary School, Farnham

Burghclere Primary School, Newbury

Burnham Copse Primary School, Tadley

Buryfields Infant School, Hook

Castle Hill Infant School, Basingstoke

Chalk Ridge School, Basingstoke

Charles Kingsley’s Primary School, Hook

Cherbourg Primary School, Eastleigh

Cheriton Primary School, Alresford

Clatford CE Primary School, Andover

Compton All Saints C of E Primary School, Winchester

Cove Infant School, Farnborough

Daneshill School, Hook

Endeavour Primary School, Andover

Farnborough Grange Infant School, Farnborough

Four Lanes Infant School, Basingstoke

Froxfield CofE Primary School, Petersfield

Grateley Primary School, Andover

Hatch Warren Infant School, Basingstoke

Heatherside Infant School, Fleet

Kimpton, Thruxton & Fyfield CofE Primary School, Andover

King’s Somborne CE Primary School, Stockbridge

Kingsclere CE Primary School, Newbury

Knightwood Primary School, Eastleigh

Longparish Primary School, Andover

Oakridge Infant School, Basingstoke

Parsonage Farm Nursery and Infant School, Farnborough

Pinewood Infant School, Farnborough

Ropley Primary School, Alresford

Rowledge Primary School, Farnham

Scantabout Primary School, Eastleigh

Selborne CE Primary School, Alton

Sherborne St John CE Primary School, Basingstoke

Silchester C of E Primary School, Silchester

Smannell & Enham CE (Aided) Primary School, Andover

South View Infant and Nursery School, Basingstoke

South Wonston Primary School, Winchester

St Mary Bourne Primary School, Andover

St Matthew’s CE Primary School, Liss

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Farnborough

St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School, Basingstoke

St. Mary’s Bentworth CE Primary School, Alton

St.Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Basingstoke

Stockbridge Primary and Pre-School, Stockbridge

Wellstead Primary School, Hedge End

West Meon CofE Primary School, Petersfield

Wherwell Primary School, Andover

Wootey Infant School, Alton

On stage performers and singers for the musical:

Hampshire County Youth Choristers Hari Bravery and Nina Smith from The Westgate School, Winchester.

On stage massed choir (in orange):

All Saints Church Of England (Aided) Junior School, Fleet

Berrywood Primary School, Hedge End

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