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Musicians in tune for Comic Relief marathon

Dozens of musicians from across the south have completed a unique orchestral decathlon - ten well known pieces of classical music performed in one day, all for Comic Relief.

The orchestra gave three back-to-back concerts at the Turner Sims Theatre in Southampton.

Among the works performed were Ravel's Bolero, symphonies by Beethovan and Dvorzak, and piano concertos by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov.

Below, organiser Craig Lawton talks about how exhausting the programme was:

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Saints fans head off to Wembley for League Cup Final

There was an exciting atmosphere at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton this morning, as scores of fans gathered to wait for one of the sixty-four coaches which are carrying them to Wembley Stadium in London. The Saints are playing Manchester United today in the EFL Cup Final.

64 coaches of Southampton Football Club fans are heading to Wembley
There was a brass band to see them off

There were warnings advising fans to check before they travel. South West Trains issued advice, and extra trains have been put on. The roads are also expected to be busy this afternoon with a Six Nations Rugby tournament match happening at Twickenham this afternoon too.

Fans dressed up to help with the cheerleading and party atmosphere
The flags and banners are out

£400,000 for Southampton to help the homeless

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Southampton City Council is to receive £400,000 in funding to offer 24 hour support as well as accommodation to the homeless in the city.

The funding is part of the Rough Sleepers' Grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government and will be spread across two years.

The council is encouraging members of the public to give donations to homelessness charities in the city rather than directly to those begging.

The council launched the poster campaign 'Begging you for lasting change' last year to encourage this as it says the money is used more effectively this way.

Regular patrols are carried out in the city on behalf of the council to encourage individuals to take advantage of the services available.

We especially want to intervene when people are at risk of becoming homeless or have just arrived on the street, as this is perhaps the best chance we have of getting people to accept help."

“It’s a major frustration that help is on hand to the homeless in Southampton, but is often refused. There are hostel beds available for most rough sleepers in the city and services are available for those sleeping rough with help routinely offered to them. We aim to use this grant funding to encourage more people, especially those not yet accustomed to life on the streets, to accept the help and turn their lives around."

– Councillor Warwick Payne, cabinet member for Housing & Adult Care

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Woman critically injured after falling from third-floor flat

The woman is thought to have fallen from a third floor window Credit: Google Images

Detectives are investigating after a woman was critically injured after falling from a third floor window of a flat in Southampton.

Officers were called to Mede House in Salisbury Street just after 10:45am yesterday. The woman was discovered on the ground.

The woman who is believed to be in her 20s, was taken to Southampton General Hospital where she is in a critical condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened or who saw a person leaving the block of flats around the time of the incident to contact them.

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