Despite the weather more than a thousand primary-aged children from across Portsmouth schools came together on Thursday (26 September) to spread a little sunshine on BBC Music Day.

They were at Portsmouth's Guildhall to enjoy a spectacular performance from the nationally acclaimed Jive Aces Swing Band.

During an hour-long performance from the Band, which included a 'feet-playing' pianist and a double bass thrown through the air, the children danced and clapped along to unforgettable songs including The Bare Necessities, In The Mood, I Wanna Be Like You and Jump Jive and Wail.  

Wearing their unforgettable yellow suits the Jive Aces joined the children after the show to perform the Morecombe and Wise classic hit Bring Me Sunshine. It was a lively performance was Portsmouth's contribution to BBC Music Day, a national event that takes place each year to celebrate the power of music and the impact it has on all our lives.

After the Jive Aces show Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, said: "The children have had a wonderful morning, not only have they enjoyed a truly spectacular show from the Jive Aces, but they raised the roof with an uplifting rendition of Bring Me Sunshine. BBC Music Day reminds us all that music matters, that it enriches lives and fires up the imagination, and for everyone involved today those messages have been celebrated in style."

The Jive Aces concert also marked the launch of Portsmouth Music Hub's new campaign called Musicing Around. It's an initiative to take music and song to the very youngest in our community.

Sue Beckett said: "Musicing Around is an ambitious campaign to give Early Years children the opportunity to experience live music, many of them for the very first time. We'll be taking workshops and live music into schools, there will be concerts, films, songs and stories, bringing an exciting mix of music and cultural magic to unlock the imaginations of our newest generation.'

To find out more about Musicing Around visit www.portsmouthmusichub.org.uk and to support the campaign with a much valued contribution visit https://www.spacehive.com/musicing-around-portsmouth