A YOUNG musician struck a chord with hundreds of audience members as he helped raise money for mental health charity Young Minds.

Talented student Theo Savage, of Nursery Road, Prestwich, played guitar and sung his own musical compositions, as well as playing backing musician for his fellow talented classmates throughout Abbey College Manchester's charity concert.

Hundreds turned out to see the students shine as they conducted a creative mixture of singing, dancing, instrumental performances, dramatic renditions, and modelled the latest trends from their home countries.

Held at the Unitarian Chapel in Cross Street last month, almost £400 was raised for the charity, which is committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

BTEC Business student, Theo, aged 17, performed his own musical composition called 'Falling down'. He said: "The Talent Show was incredible and I am so pleased and honoured I could be a part of it. Music is a very important part of many of our lives, so for the college to let us showcase our skills and passions is phenomenal. It is so exciting to see my classmates showing their skills to the rest of us and the whole event brings the college closer together."

Guests were also treated to a variety of musical renditions belted out by the leading independent college's staff choral group the Abbey Singers.

Principal at Abbey College Manchester, Liz Elam said: "Theo is an amazing musical talent. It is great that he was able to show the guests his skills and his passion for the art. He put on a fantastic performance throughout the event and should be very proud of his skills.

"Every student did a fantastic job and it was brilliant to see such a variety of creativity amongst the students. It is the perfect way to enable the strengthening of the college community."