YOUNG brass players hit a high note when they took part in a weekend workshop with a leading conductor.

About 70 musicians, aged from 11 to 25, attended the event, with conductor Nicholas Childs, at County Hall, Durham, on Saturday.

The session with Mr Childs, who conducts the Black Dyke band, ended with a concert for families and friends.

It was the third such event in just over a year organised by Durham County Council.

Alan Hood, the council's music development officer, said: "The county council is committed to supporting the brass band movement, not only because of its association with our rich mining tradition, but also because it provides a very worthwhile outlet for the energy and talent of all the bands' players, listeners and supporters.