LARGS school pupils struck the right note at the National Concert Band Festival in Manchester.

Representing North Ayrshire's junior and senior bands, local young musicians secured some prestigious prizes at the prestigious event.

The talented team was made up of 54 pupils from 20 primary and secondary schools across North Ayrshire, including Largs Academy and St Mary’s.

Emily Rae, James Skinner and Milo Alcorn from Largs all played in the senior band, while Cameron Ironmonger from St Mary’s featured in the junior equivalent.

The juniors gave a show-stopping performance to secure a first place finish and gold award.

Having received a platinum award last year, the seniors were keen to hold on to their top spot and joined the juniors to secure a second gold of the weekend.

Music services manager Mae Murray said: “I can’t express how proud I am of our talented groups of young musicians.

“Each and every one of them has put in a tremendous amount of effort to prepare for this competition, and they did not disappoint when they got on that stage.

“Their performances perfectly showcased their talent and coming home with not one, but two gold awards, was the cherry on top.”

Prior to the contest, both bands received special tuition from musical director Mathew Chinn of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and instrumental instructor Aileen Muir.

Councillor John Bell, elected for education and youth employment, said: “Once again these outstanding young musicians have set a clear reminder of just how talented they really are.

“Their achievements follow months of hard work, dedication and commitment which is mirrored by the staff and musical instructors who work alongside them.

“They are a credit to North Ayrshire and a true inspiration to us all.”