THE Holyrood Secondary Young Musician of the Year competition has been a favourite fixture on the school calendar for the past five years.

But teachers were in the middle of organising the concert when schools were closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

So staff decided to ask would-be contestants to post their videos to the school music Twitter account - and were overwhelmed with replies.

Music teacher Ali Simpson said: "It's very weird being apart from our pupils at the moment so this was a new way to bring us together.

"I was sure our younger pupils would go for it but I was worried our older pupils would be a bit more hesitant.

"But I think when they saw other people posting videos and getting so much encouragement from staff across the school, it gave them the courage to join in."

The competition was not judged but was more a chance for pupils to showcase their skills.

And it wasn't only pupils who got involved - teachers showed off their efforts too, including one talented science teacher on the saxophone.

A primary school youngster also got involved with a beautiful renditon of True Colours on piano.

For more see #HolyroodYoungMusician2020 on Twitter. 

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