Portsmouth University performed a very special concert for hundreds of local children at the New Theatre Royal on Wednesday 7 March.

The University students were there to rehearse and perform their production of Leonard Bernstein's world famous musical West Side Story, but the students decided to take some time out of their busy schedule to invite local primary schools along to experience an afternoon of live music. The University musicians performed music from Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the children's firm favourite the 'Lion King' medley.

Sue Beckett, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Music Hub, said: "There is something magical about leaving school for the afternoon and visiting one of the most beautiful theatres in the country, and we're very grateful to the University students for putting on such a great show. The children had a wonderful time, hearing familiar music and seeing a whole range of instruments on stage, and seeing all those young musicians perform together really does fire up the children's imagination. Portsmouth is a city rich with culture, and we're incredibly lucky to have such exciting opportunities for children and young people to enjoy."

The University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society performed West Side Story at the New Theatre Royal from 8 to 10 March 2018. To find out more about the Society visit Twitter @PompeyDMS.