YOUNG brass band members from the North-East will tonight share the stage with some of the best musicians in the world.

Consett Junior School Brass Band and Consett Junior Brass are playing alongside White River Brass and the Black Dyke Band. Both have taken part in specialist master classes with the experts in preparation for the show.

Keith Britcliffe, of the Black Dyke Band, will teach some brass techniques to the musicians of Consett Junior School Brass Band. The second workshop will be a class with Brett Baker, trombonist with White River Brass, for Consett Junior Brass.

David Jackson, teacher at Consett Junior School and musical director of Consett Junior Brass, said: "The workshops and evening concert provides the perfect opportunity for young brass players to be inspired and motivated by some of the best brass band musicians in the world.

"Durham Brass Festival creates a new excitement and interest in brass band music and you can't underestimate the value the festival has to this region."

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost from £3 to £6. They can be booked by calling the box office on (01207) 218171.

Tomorrow, Tavistock Chester-le-Street Riverside Brass Band, with guest soloist Richard Marshall, is playing Lamplight Theatre, Stanley, at 7.30pm. Tickets for A Concert With A Difference cost £6 and are available by calling (01207) 218899.