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Young musicians are getting in tune for a fund-raising music marathon.

The 12-hour feast of singing and playing at Middlesbrough’s Ayresome Primary School takes place on World Music Day on Wednesday, June 21.                                                                                                   

The musical extravaganza – thought to be a UK first – will help to raise much-needed funds for the school’s Music Hub.

Starting at 8am, children will enjoy African drumming during Breakfast Club before the Wind Band take over to welcome children in to school.

Next up is a three-hour singing relay featuring all 540 children in Key Stages 1 and 2, while during break and lunch children will be able to enjoy the Musical Garden and Samba or African drumming.

Wednesday afternoon will be jam-packed with drumming, flute, clarinet, trombone, cornet, DooD, TooT, violin, cello, baritone horn, French horn, saxophone and ukulele and even kazoo lessons.

Then the Wind Band and Strings will battle it out at home time in a competition to see who gets the most hashtags on Twitter!

Finally it's the teachers' turn with the first coming together of Ayresome’s Teacher Cacophony at Wednesday’s staff meeting.

They’ll perform a celebration concert, joined by talented youngsters from across the school, from 6.30pm until the finale at 8pm.

Funds raised during the day will go towards Ayresome’s Music Hub, which currently delivers musical instrument tuition for free to more than 100 students aged seven to eleven.

Ayresome Headteacher Lisa Biggin said: “Music’s a big part of life at Ayresome Primary School, with over 90 children receiving free instrumental tuition at school weekly, and World Music Day is a fantastic way to open up young minds to musical styles from around the globe.

“We think this event may be the first of its kind for a primary school in the UK, and the children are looking forward to the performance of their lives.

“And it’s all in a good cause, with all funds raising helping to develop the school’s hugely popular Music Hub.”