YOUNG musicians excelled this weekend at the Darlington Festival for Performing Arts.

The music section of the festival took place on Friday and Saturday at a new venue at Haughton Community School.

Organisers said there were less competitors than last year but the standard of performance was high.

The judges commended the performances of the Barbershop singers and the Polam Hall Senior Orchestra.

Richard Gratwick, violin, in the Concerto class was also highly praised. He will be playing the same piece with the Darlington Orchestra at their concert in June.

Councillors Frank and Stella Robson presented some of the trophies to the winners, who were awarded marks out of 100.