WINCHESTER children were on the verge of disappointment when a concert was close to being cancelled on Saturday (January 25).

Winchester Chamber Orchestra Children’s Concert went ahead as planned despite the Discovery Centre suffering a power cut moments before the show.

Nearly a dozen properties and businesses on Jewry Street were affected by the power outage when a fuse failed at the sub-station.

A spokeperson for Southern Electric said: “We’d like to apologise to the customers affected.”

The sell-out winter-themed concert saw the orchestra sporting woolly hats and scarves while the orchestra played special excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite, Sleigh Ride, Winter and Let it Snow.

Though the power cut meant the electric keyboard couldn’t be played for the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, flautist Sarah Heard quickly stepped in to play the part.

After the concert children wandered around the library to different stations to try out child-sized instrument provided by Hampshire Music Service.