A music spectacular is almost set for a 10th birthday bonanza - but there's still time to get involved.

Musicians, singers, performers and choirs will take to the stage this weekend for Bridport's MusicAthon.

A huge event in the town's calendar, MusicAthon promises to return bigger and better than ever for its anniversary celebrations.

Once again, the event will raise vital funds for the Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians and the Bridport Youth and Community Trust.

Performances will take place all day on Saturday at both the United Church on East Street and Bucky Doo Square - but there is still a slot available between 1.40-2pm for a musician to showcase their skills.

You have just a few days to collect as many sponsors as you can and all are welcome to attend as part of the audience, especially at the church, to cheer on performers.

Bridport Lions will run a coffee morning at the United Church hall during the MusicAthon from 10am to 12pm, with all profits going to the main event.

From 12pm, Pat Crawford and her team will be offering light lunches and other refreshments in the hall and there will be a bric-a-brac stall in Bucky Doo from 10am to 2pm, co-ordinated by Roz Copson.

Volunteers are still needed to steward at the church in the morning. This is a sit down job booking in performers, collecting sponsorship and giving out running orders.

And organisers are still in need of a PA system at Bucky Doo - if you can help with this, contact Richard Toft at richard.toft@btinternet.com

For more information and to offer your time to Bridport MusicAthon, contact 01308 427851.


Bucky Doo

10am - 10:20am - David Powell, vocal/melodeon

10:30am - 10:45am Minerva Choir, led by Lauren Good

10:50am - 11:20am Local Vocals

11:25am - 11:45am Silver Chix

11:50am - 12:10pm – Local Vocals

12:15pm - 12:35pm – Unknown Quantity

12:40pm - 1pm - East Street Band

1:05pm - 1:35pm Pizza 4 Dogs

1:40pm - 2pm - Free

United Church, East Street

9.30 David Powell, vocal/melodeon

9.45 Ray Stamford, piano

10.00 Rock Island Skiffle Group

10.30 Bucky Maybes Ukelele Group, led by Julia Groves

11.0 Messy Church, Rev Peter Clark

11.15 Minerva Trust (Schools’) Choir, led by Lauren Good

11.30 Loders School Band & students, Bridget Pearse

12.00 Harry Britton, guitar/vocals

12.15 Lily Britton, vocal

12.30 Ruth Jenkins & Margaret Lyons, vocal/instrumental

1.00 Wyld Band

1.15 Broadoak Choir

1.30 Living Tree’s Rising Voices & Voices of Hope, led by Jane Silver-Corren

1.45 Wynne Hughes (vocals) accompanied by Irene Smith (piano)

2.00 West Dorset Commuity Orchestra and cello duet, Margaret Allan & Emma McEvoy

2.30 West Dorset Community Orchestra Wind Group

2.45 Sing for Pleasure Choir, Dorset Rural Music School

3.00 Wendy Staal & family/students – Xan on cello, Georgia on violin + ensemble with Katie & Zack

3.30 beinaband, led by Lois Pearson

3.45 John Simpson, vocals