Aspiring pop stars of the future have been invited to Mid Cheshire College this week to record a Christmas song in the state of the art recording studio.

Located at the College's Hartford campus festive sing-a-long forms part of their continued community engagement work.

Children from Charles Darwin Community Primary School, based in Mid Cheshire's local town of Northwich, will be singing their hearts out to tunes such as Jingle Bells, Santa Clause is Coming To Town and We Wish You a Merry Christmas . With a little festive help from students studying the innovative Commercial Music Technology foundation degree, the children all aged between 9 and 11 will have the unique opportunity to use the College's new £7.5 million Performing Arts Centre to record these Christmas classics.

HRH Prince Charles recently launched his 'Step Up 2 Serve' youth community campaign to boost the number of young people socially active for the benefit of society.

The recording session is just one of multiple community engagement projects that Mid Cheshire College students are involved with, as they promote the confidence and capability that community volunteering builds and the benefits it brings to society.

The highly commended further education college is aiming to eradicate the idea that community work can sometimes be dull. Their students are involved in a variety of outreach projects; their construction students are currently helping to reconstruct the scoreboard and building at Sandbach Cricket Club and Art and IT students are continuously getting involved with a variety of ventures including fashion shows and website builds to name just a few.

Richard Hollywood, Principal of Mid Cheshire College comments: “Working with local communities and, in particular, the local primary schools is a big priority for the college. The Mid Cheshire students have masses of potential and it is really rewarding to see the benefit they can bring to the local area. We want local people to treat our impressive college facilities as their own and we hope that the children enjoy the experience of making music in a real life sound recording studio."