SOME of the best young Borders musicians are set to showcase their talents later this month in Melrose.

The Scottish Borders Wind Orchestra, the Borders Chamber Orchestra, the Guitar Ensemble and the Junior Wind Band will all perform at the concert on Monday, March 18.

The performances in Melrose Parish Church have been organised by Scottish Borders Council's Instrumental Music Service.

Building on the success of a similar sell-out event held last year, the young musicians, who represent all of the region’s high schools and many of the primaries, will play a wide variety pieces ranging from traditional Scottish through to works by 16th century Italian composer Palestrina, Abba and Boney M.

Local councillor Euan Jardine, who is the spokesman for Culture and Sport at the local authority, said: “If last year’s event is anything to go by, this promises to be another impressive performance that will give these young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talent and skills in a spectacular way.

"I would imagine that tickets will disappear quickly so would encourage people to arrive early get themselves a seat so they are able to enjoy what I am sure will be an extremely memorable event.”

Following this year's concert, the Instrumental Music Service will begin recruiting for their next session and are on the lookout for young instrumentalists interested in joining a music ensemble.

As well as being able to develop ensemble and performing skills, pupils get the chance to take part in courses and residential weekends supported by the PTA Borders Young Musicians.

A range of social activities are also provided along with the opportunity to make new friends.

Tickets for the Melrose Parish Church concert are available at the door - £6 each or £4 for concessions.