A TEENAGE musician from Hillpark has triumphed in a prestigious city music competition.

Caleb Reid, who plays the flute, won the Glasgow heat of the Scottish Young Musicians Solo Performer of the Year contest at the City Halls.

The 16-year-old, who is a fifth year pupil at Hillpark Secondary on the Southside of the city, will now go forward to the national final at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in May.

Caleb, who also plays piano and drums, said he was “ecstatic” to win.

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“I have been playing the flute for seven years and haven’t done many competitions before, so to compete at the City Halls was really fun,” he added.

“It was a really supportive environment filled with welcoming and talented musicians, so I definitely wasn’t as nervous as I could have been.”

The teenager, who played Poulenc’s Sonata (first movement) to secure the win, said: “I’m amazed to have won with how high the standard of musicianship was today and I’m excited about going to the grand final.”

Scottish Young Musicians, which was launched by the Music Education Partnership Group in 2021, is Scotland's leading festival of music competitions.

Young musicians from around the country compete to win career-enhancing prizes and perform live on a national stage in front of internationally renowned judges.

Glasgow Times: Caleb with runners-up Sasha, left, and Shubbe.Caleb with runners-up Sasha, left, and Shubbe. (Image: Colin Mearns, Newsquest)

A total of 25 secondary schools and five primaries took part in the event. Holyrood Secondary pupil Shubbe Kabanda, 17, who played classical guitar, and pianist Sasha Lau, 17, a sixth year pupil at King’s Park Secondary, were runners-up.