WATCH: Musical high-school students raise funny money as charity total tops a billion

Talented students from north Northumberland got into the swing of raising Comic cash yesterday.

The teenagers held an open mic session at Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick, for Red Nose Day, taking it in turns to entertain their peers.

Head boy Simon Smith and head girl Hannah Lamb entertain fellow students at Duchess's High School during a Comic Relief open mic session.

Head boy Simon Smith and head girl Hannah Lamb entertain fellow students at Duchess's High School during a Comic Relief open mic session.

Singers included head boy Simon Smith and head girl Hannah Lamb, Evie Mortimer, Lindsay Manion and Jess Field.

It came on a day when Comic Relief co-founder Lenny Henry announced the charity had topped a billion pounds since it started 30 years ago in response to the Ethiopian famine.

Before last night, the charity, founded by comedian Henry and writer Richard Curtis, had raised £960million, with yesterday’s total of more than £78million taking it over the billion mark.