YOUNG musicians showed there is plenty of talent coming through the ranks of Spennymoor Town Band when they competed in the North Skelton Brass Festival at Great Ayton on Sunday, June 23.

Michael MacDonald, ten, who attends Middlestone Moor Primary School, won the under 11 solo section, playing his piece Trumpeter’s Lullaby on cornet from memory.

Michael and Harry Pears, 12, another cornetist who attends St Leonard's Catholic School, Durham, came first in the under 15 duet contest playing the ragtime number Ragbag.

They were then joined by Chloe Smith,15, a pupil at St John's Catholic School, in Bishop Auckland, who plays tenor horn, and former Durham Sixth Former David Richardson, 18, on euphonium, in the under 18 quartet section playing a Russian folk song Kalinka.

More than 50 competitors from across Teesside, Durham, North Yorkshire and North West England competed in the different sections. Adjudicator Alan Morrison, a respected brass band soloist and conductor, praised the standard of playing.

Spennymoor Town Band vice president, Hugh Stephenson, said: "We are very proud of the youth development within the organisation, this is evident with these results with all of our prize winners coming through the ranks of our progressive junior band who showcased their talents at a recent concert in the Town hall where they were joined by the town band. The junior band performed for the first time in new polo shirts which were purchased as part of grant received from the Spennymoor Area Action Partnership."