A school in Evesham will host the final of a prestigious music competition later this month.

The De Montfort School will host the final of the Weston Conductors’ Competition on January 29.

The contest, held by the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain has seen 28 international entrants whittled down to six finalists, who will compete for the chance to work with acclaimed conductor, Martyn Brabbins.

Mr Brabbins said: “The prospect of encountering a new generation of conductors is always exciting.

“The NYBBGB Weston conducting competition has attracted a plethora of conducting talent, and I look forward to engaging with the six finalists.

“My aim is to create a collaborative and creative atmosphere in order that all involved have a positive musical experience.”

On the day, contestants will initially perform three marches, Mephistopheles, Knight Templar, and The Cossack to determine three finalists.

The final three will then rehearse one of three concert works, Resurgam by Eric Ball, Music for a Festival by Phillip Sparke or Shine as the Light by Peter Graham.

Mr Brabbins will judge the competition alongside Dr Robert Childs and Captain Sam Hairsine RM.

Dr Childs said:“The entrants’ video submissions were really good, I enjoyed watching them all. I was looking for good beat fluidity, musical phrasing and hand independence.

"The six going through to the finals also demonstrated a solid understanding of the peculiarities of the brass band score, a good knowledge of the brass band movement and excitement at the prospect of working with the NYBBGB and Martyn Brabbins."

CEO of the NYBBGB, Mark Bromley, added: “Whatever the outcome, the passion of each of our six finalists for brass banding is clear and that alone fills me with hope for the next generation of music leaders.

"If you are free please do come and support our finalists in January. It's going to be so inspiring.”

The winner will be tutored by Mr Brabbins, working alongside him as an associate conductor, offering a unique opportunity to refine their talent.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite here or to find out more about the contestants, visit the NYBBGB website here.