THERE was sweet sounds in the air as DASP Music held its first ever Music Fest at The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester.

The day involved 800 people of all ages taking part in a range of performances, workshops and other music related activities.

There were performances by the DASP Youth Orchestra, Thomas Hardye Concert Band, Pop Club and many other DASP Music and Thomas Hardye School ensembles.

Students signed up for inside busking slots and outside open mic sessions to entertain people as they wandered around and sat in the sun.

There were also various workshops available for people to join in with including drumming, ukulele, pop choir and improvisation.

In addition there were some ‘come and try’ sessions where people could have a go on a range of instruments.

The day ended with a big sing session where everyone came together to learn the ‘Touch the Moon’ anthem which is going to be performed by everyone who attends the Moonbury Rings event on July 19 in Maumbury Rings in Dorchester.

Hanna Trevorrow, Head of DASP Music, said: “I was really pleased with the whole day.

"It was a fabulous celebration of youth music. There was a lovely vibe to the place and it was wonderful to see people of all ages, from aged two upwards, enjoying making music together."

She added: "We’ve had some fantastic feedback and we very much hope that this will become a biannual event. The idea was to inspire people to engage more in music and I really feel like we achieved that goal.”

DASP Music is a registered charity which aims to enhance the musical education of young people in Dorchester and beyond.

It coordinates music lessons and provides support for schools across the Dorchester Area pyramid. It also provides a range of musical ensembles open to all young people in the local area and runs various after-school ensembles which are open to all young people in the area.

New members are welcome. More information can be found at