SO SUCCESSFUL was the whirlwind tour of local schools by The Next Steps Orchestra that the organisers are hoping to do it all again next year.
The mammoth exercise which saw the youngsters performing concerts at nine different primary schools in one day, was aimed at encouraging other students to pick up an instrument.
At each school the 18 students played clarinets, flutes and recorders and ranged in ability from beginners, who could just play a few notes, to Grade 1.
They performed a selection of short pieces for about 10 minutes in front of both pupils and parents at each school, before hopping onto a mini bus to go to the next school.
All the members of the orchestra performed this mammoth task with great enthusiasm and kept up an excellent standard for each performance.
Their music directors Suzanne Hynes and Lynne Unsworth, were really impressed with the students' dedication, commitment and hard work.
They said: "The orchestra has been a real delight to work with and we wanted to enable as many children as possible to hear the orchestra in the hope that it would inspire more youngsters to pick up a musical instrument and have a go at being part of a music ensemble themselves."
This year's concert tour was such a great success that they want to do another tour again next year.
The Next Steps Orchestra rehearse at the North Devon Music Centre at The Park Community School, Barnstaple, every Wednesday during term time, from 5pm for one hour.
Any students from Year 4 to Year 8 who can play three notes or more on a wind instrument are invited to come along to the music centre on a Wednesday for a free trial.