TALENTED young musician Max Heaton is to play with the International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra.

Max, from Barnoldswick and a sixth former at Ermysted's Grammar School, was at the Junior Northern College of Music Saturday School in Manchester when it was suggested he should apply.

And after sending a video of his playing to the Poland-based orchestra committee, he was accepted to join the most talented young musicians across Germany, Poland and the UK.

It is another success for Max, who last year was accepted to join the National Youth Orchestra.

Since then, he has performed in Berlin and in concerts across the UK, including one which went out on BBC4 as part of the BBC Proms season.

He is also a core member of the North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra.

Max already has a diploma in percussion and Grade 8 in piano and hopes to study music at university from September next year.

Meanwhile, music at Ermysted's continues to flourish with several more talented young musicians.

The school's new head of music, Dr Geoff Cloke, has arranged for several musical events for the school's bands in the upcoming months. The Ermysted's Light Orchestra and Choir played and sung to those attending the VE Day Ceremony at Skipton Town Hall.

And from this month, Ermysted's inter-house music competition will see friendly rivalry between all budding and able musicians within the school.

The Swing Band is set to perform at The Platform in Morecambe, revitalising a musical tradition of the school, and in November, there will be a big-band workshop at the school, a joint concert proposed with German students visiting Ermysted's from Simbach, and the brass group will perform at a concert in Ilkley in December with Cantores Olicanae.