WILTSHIRE Rural Music is now £450 better off thanks to the rich harmonies of two groups from a charity concert.

Trowbridge’s Songbirds Ladies choir and Ebonite Clarinet Ensemble sang their their hearts out in front of a packed audience at Paxcroft Mead Community Centre, Hilperton, and raised £450 in support of the WRM’s bursaries scheme, last month.

And on Monday, the choir’s leader, Lorraine Mahoney, gleefully handed over the cheque to the centre, in Gloucester Road.

Choir member Denise Lee said: “The concert was a great success and it is great that we can help the centre with this cheque.

“This was the Songbirds’ second charity concert in 2017 and more than £1,000 has been donated to the charity.”

The charity, formerly the Wiltshire Rural Music School, is finding that cuts to school budgets mean they are receiving more requests from young people for bursaries to help with music fees and associated costs.