Musicians from East Renfrewshire schools have been praised after they won awards at two prestigious events.

Talented youngsters flew the flag for the local area as they performed at the Glasgow Music Festival and the Scottish Concert Band Festival.

It was the first time in three years that East Renfrewshire pupils have been able to take part in these competitions, due to disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 250 instrumental music pupils and staff were involved in the two events.

At the Glasgow Music Festival, held at the Royal Concert Hall, East Renfrewshire’s senior string orchestra secured victory in the orchestral class.

And there was further success for the local musicians, with the junior string orchestra also winning its category and the senior choir bagging an award too.

Meanwhile, the national final of the Scottish Concert Band Festival took place at Perth Concert Hall, where the senior concert band representing East Renfrewshire’s schools earned a Gold Plus Achievement Award.

Councillor Andrew Anderson, East Renfrewshire’s education, equalities, culture and leisure convener, is among those who have been singing the praises of local youngsters who tasted success at the events.

He told the Barrhead News: “A huge well done to all the pupils and staff for the effort and commitment that went into the preparation for these long-awaited events.

“I had the pleasure of attending the event at the Royal Concert Hall and it was fantastic to see so many pupils on the stage performing.

“Everyone performed brilliantly and to come away with success across the board is a credit to all involved.

“It was well-deserved.”