GOBSMACKED organisers of a 24-hour music marathon have seen a "huge" response to their call for performers.

Dawn Ball and Rachel Burbridge are putting on the October music event in aid of Brighter Futures.

Over 24 hours, more than a hundred individuals and groups will perform everything from pianist Chopin's Nocturnes to the theme from James Bond hit Skyfall.

Initially advertised earlier this summer, organisers have been overwhelmed with interest from would-be performers.

After hoping for enough music to fill a single room over 24-hours, they've now got 36-hours'-worth of music - and have been forced to host performances in a second room.

"It's been fantastic," said organiser Dawn Ball of the response.

Performers have been asked to invite friends and family to donate money towards the Brighter Futures £2.9m radiotherapy appeal. Donors can also "sponsor a note" on the piano keyboard, with composer Craig Ball writing a piece of music from all the sponsored notes.

All of the money raised on the day will go to Brighter Futures.

Among the performers are South Swindon MP and keen singer Robert Buckland, who will sing a "selection" of songs.

One young teenager, who plans to play her minute-long grade four piano piece, has already raised £60 - the equivalent of a pound a minute.

The 24-hour Music Marathon starts on Saturday, October 7, at 9am at the Immanuel United Reformed Church, Walcot. The event will continue until 9am on Sunday, October 8.

For more, visit: www.facebook.com/pg/SwindonMusicMarathon.