MUSICIAN Matthew Powell had every reason to blow his own trumpet on Saturday after being named the winner of the Young Musician of Wiltshire Competition.

Matthew, 17, from Calne, was up against strong opposition from other performers who had excelled during Devizes Eisteddfod.

They all gathered at Devizes Town Hall to give a second performance before Mayor Andy Geddes handed out trophies to the main winners.

Matthew, who plays the trumpet, took top spot with flautist Madeleine Longbotham, 16, from Devizes in second and violinist Eliza Munday, 16, from Exeter in third.

Eisteddfod director Michael Johnson said: "Matthew was the third winner of the young musician competition which was held before a packed audience in the assembly room at the town hall.

"The competition was part of the Devizes Eisteddfod’s final promotion of 2018 which also featured notable performances from the festival.

"This was the first time the competition has been held since 2015 and it will now become an annual event. The adjudicator was the distinguished musician, examiner and performer Sharon Gould from Salisbury."

Matthew Powell, who in addition to the Young Musician of Wiltshire Trophy donated by the Devizes Rotary Club also received a £250 bursary for future music tuition, provided by Devizes Solicitors, Wansbroughs.