IT WAS an evening full of music as Andover students showcased their talents in aid of charity.

Andover College’s Level 3 music students put on their Christmas event, Jingle Bell Rock, at The Lights on Tuesday, December 5, to raise money for Zellweger UK (ZUK) and Awards for Young Musicians.

Awards for Young Musicians supports talented young people from low-income families, helping them to overcome financial and social obstacles, while ZUK supports the physical and mental wellbeing of children with Zellweger Spectrum Disorder and their families. 

Adult choir Mad Melodies greeted the audience as they arrived before bands from the college opened the show.

The debut of Hollow Afterthought an original pop/punk band, made up of first and second year students, kicked things up a gear before Get Funked closed the show in style, including an audience singalong of Fairytale of New York.

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Andover Advertiser: Andover College band Get FunkedAndover vocalist Maddison A also played an acoustic mix of covers and original material before the raffle took centre stage.

Ashley Wassell, music, performance and production lecturer said: “This event was curated entirely by the students, choosing charities that had personal significance to themselves.

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“They did an incredible job of bringing everything together, booking external acts and creating such a buzz that the charities sent representatives to the show.

“A massive thank you must go to The Lights, who not only gave us their venue for this event but also gave the benefit of their experience in promotion and sales to our students.”

The event was attended by representatives of both charities which were supported by the concert.

Matthew Tiller, communications co-ordinator for Awards for Young Musicians, said: “I had a great time, and everyone should be really proud. To see the students at the beginning of their musical journey is really inspiring and the night itself had a lovely vibe. The college is clearly doing some great work in creating artists and giving them the tools to build a career in the industry.”