MUSICIANS will take the stage at a Haddington church on Saturday.

Sixteen musicians will perform a five-minute programme in the afternoon to a panel of judges.

Then, later that evening, about 10 will be invited to perform their full eight-minute programme in a gala concert to an audience of parents, family members and music lovers.

The evening gala, at St Mary’s Parish Church, will also feature a performance from East Lothian’s newly formed senior brass ensemble, which brings together nine of the top brass players from across the county’s six secondary schools.

The event is the inaugural East Lothian Council Young Musician of the Year and Jonathan Gawn is part of the judging panel.

East Lothian Council’s instrumental music service team manager and low brass coach for the National Youth Concert Band of Great Britain will be joined by musician Christine McGinley, who is currently sub-principal horn with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Jonathan said: “We are very excited to be able to offer this performance opportunity to our talented young musicians and have been delighted to see so many enter.

“St Mary’s is a beautiful building and with this being our first live public performance since the pandemic, I personally can’t wait to hear our young people perform.”

Seats can be reserved at and the evening concert starts at 7pm.