A HOST of skilful young Inverclyde musicians were in perfect harmony as they received a sparkling selection of online honours.

Members of Riverside Youth Band usually attend a glitzy awards bash to mark the end of the school term but this was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

To ensure that the young maestros were still recognised for their hard work, the band's musical director Mark Good and chairman Duncan Galbraith organised an online awards ceremony via Zoom.

A talented troupe of eight Inverclyde performers were among the winners.

Trombone player Hannah McInnes, of Inverclyde Academy, took the inaugural John Lee Millar memorial trophy for Training Band Bandsperson of the Year.

Fellow trombone-playing brothers Scott and Andrew Smith, of Inverclyde Academy and Aileymill Primary respectively, took the band's Major Minute Challenge award.

The sight-reading award was presented to the band’s solo horn player Andrea Crumlish of Inverclyde Academy.

Section of the Year for Youth Band went to the percussion players, Scott Crumlish of Inverclyde Academy, Mitchell Gardner of Clydeview Academy, and Karis Kitchen of Port Glasgow High School.

Baritone player and Inverclyde Academy pupil, Rachel O'Connor scooped the Clive Good Memorial Shield for Most Improved Player in the Youth Band.

The awards do also included virtual band videos, a quiz and a look back at 2019-20.

Musical director Mark said: "The ethos of Riverside Youth Band is to offer opportunities through music and, if anything, those have increased during lockdown.

"We have found new and creative ways of connecting with our members and enabling them to develop their music making while so many aspects of their lives have faced severe disruption.

"Their performances, dedication and willingness to learn show that our young people are a credit to their families and a shining example of the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument."

Riverside players have also been receiving online masterclasses with some of the world’s finest performers, and taking part in musical challenges, virtual ensembles and quizzes.

Some of the band will also be performing in an online course delivered by the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.

To find out more about the band email chairman@riversideyouthband.co.uk