A WINCHESTER-born musician has pulled together a band of artists for a digital collaboration to raise spirits of the theatre and music community.

George Shrapnell was inspired by a number of virtual concerts on social media to put together an ensemble to perform an upbeat and complex collaborations.

42nd Street's Overture is legendary in the musical theatre world, so was an obvious choice for the former Hampshire Music Service student, currently studying Saxophone at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He said: "The show is so appropriate right now, set in time of national sorrow (the great depression) everything in this show, especially the overture, just puts a massive grin on my face and I don’t know a theatre musician out there that doesn’t get a kick from playing it!

"It’s a classic, feel-good score with inspiring tap routines which makes it so memorable - it really is the epitome of a musical theatre spectacle."

He even managed to get a dancer to learn and record themselves performing the tap routine from their garden.

The dancer in question was 12-year-old Jazz Richardson from Hartlepool in the North East, who currently holds the title of English TDCI Junior Tap Champion.