TALENTED musicians from South Gloucestershire have been presented with an award at the Royal Albert Hall.

South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra was presented with the Music for Youth National Partnership Award for Wind Bands, which was donated by the Royal Marines Band Service.

Students were presented with the award during a special reception event at the prestigious London venue.

They clinched the title following their performance at the Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham this summer.

Amy Holden, a pupil at Chipping Sodbury Secondary School and Ben Haslam, a former student at Abbeywood Community School who now studies in Bristol were on hand to collect the award.

The group are now due to travel to Portsmouth to meet professional musicians from the Band of the Royal Marines.

Richard Jones, music and arts strategy manager at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The achievement of our wind orchestra at the National Festival of Music for Youth is testament to the rising standards we hear at our music centres in South Gloucestershire.

“As part of their prize, the orchestra will now spend a day with musicians from the Band of the Royal Marines at their base in Portsmouth.

“This will be an amazing opportunity for our young musicians to learn from professionals while enhancing their own musicianship.

“From early discussions with the Royal Marines I feel sure that we will be forging a long term partnership with them which will benefit all young musicians in South Gloucestershire.”

Launched in 2013, the awards are part of Music for Youth’s ongoing commitment to support young people’s music making and talent development. More details at www.mfy.org.uk