Melsonby Primary School triumphs at Wensleydale Tournament of Music and Speech.

Last year's winner of the junior ensemble class, Melsonby Methodist Primary School.

A small Richmondshire primary school is celebrating success at the Wensleydale Tournament of Music and Speech after entering for the first time.

Melsonby Methodist Primary School formed a school brass band consisting of ten children from year two to year six, who play a range of instruments

The children won the Junior Ensemble Class at the event last week, coming in first place after playing three pieces.

The school choir featuring all 20 pupils aged five to 11 sang the Unison Song by Flanders and Horowitz called It Looks Like Rain and came home with a distinction, winning the Richmond Plate for the best small school.

In the Unaccompanied Round the school sang Lost in Space by Simmons and two part harmony song Jonah-Man Jazz by M Hurd, coming second for both.

Overall, for its results in the three classes the school won The Wensleyday Tournament of Song Margery Burrill Trophy for most points scored.

This was a joint win with Hunton and Arrathorne CP School.

Daniel Galpin, 10, said: “I love playing my trombone and I’m getting really good at it. I enjoy the school brass band which practises after school on Mondays.”

Florence Dixon, who plays a tenor horn, said that learning to play her brass instrument makes me happy and excited.

“Winning the competition was brilliant,” she added.

It was the first time the school had entered the tournament.

The school has thanked Chris Denton, Lesley Black and John Blenkiron for supporting the children with their rehearsals.