A NEW partnership project was certainly 'Creating a Buzz' when its members took to the stage at a packed Northwich Memorial Court.

The collaboration between Foden's Band and Age UK Cheshire sees band members guide people over 50 through the basics of instrument playing.

Open to all – regardless of musical experience – the weekly sessions take place at Castle Community Centre.

After just two lessons, the newly-formed band took part in their first public performance during Foden's and Matt Ford's 'Memories of Christmas' concert in Northwich on Sunday, December 1.

Foden’s members Anna Hughes-Williams, Mark Wilkinson and Darren Lea are among the tutors, guiding the group through popular Christmas tune Jingle Bells before they joined Foden’s in Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’.

Darren said: "It’s great to see the enjoyment and enthusiasm of the group, they have really put their all into this project so far and the results really came through in their performance.

Northwich Guardian:

"We can’t wait to see what progress this group can make over the coming weeks as well as being part of the camaraderie and friendships that are forged whilst working together."

Kim Smith is one of the budding musicians benefitting from the sessions.

She said: "The opportunity to be trained by the World Class Foden’s Band to play an instrument whilst being served coffee and cake was amazing, we laughed a lot.

"This project is to combat loneliness and social isolation in the older person. It’s fun, it’s education and guaranteed to help you meet people."