The power of music, to enhance the lives of people of all ages, is well documented and a Brass Band in our region has just been awarded quite a significant sum of money.
The Dumfries Town Band dates back to 1873 and caters for all ages with sections for adults and youngsters. The new money will mean the band can replace the adults' instruments, who can then hand over their trombones, cornets and euphoniums to the younger members.
Fiona McIlwraith was live in Dumfries tonight, where the band were having a rehearsal.
Dumfries DJ and producer Calvin Harris has become the first UK solo act notch up more than one billion plays worldwide on music streaming service Spotify - the equivalent of over 5,000 continuous years of his music being played.
He has become one of only a few global music acts to achieve the milestone, and joins the only other Brit artists to do so, Coldplay.
Harris's hit Summer is the most popular track on the service and has now been streamed more than 160 million times.
He is the eighth act to break through the billion barrier and joins the likes of Eminem, Rihanna, David Guetta and Katy Perry.
Guitar and mandolin making is perhaps one of the less well known businesses being run in Cumbria.
Roger Bucknall operates his workshop from Penrith and has been supplying custom made instruments to big name musicians for over forty years.
Kim Inglis reports:
They take more than 200 hours to make and are sold for up to £7,000 and now one violin maker, or luthier, who lives in Cumbria is revealing some of the secrets behind her unusual trade.
Corrie Schrijver moved to Brampton in 2011 - Katie Hunter went to meet her.
Brampton violin maker Connie Schrijver tells ITV Border that the trade isn't based on artistic talent - but on having that special eye for detail.
Corrie Schrijver tells ITV Border about what motivated her to take up the violin making trade from such a young age.
Violins are one of the most complex instruments to build as they are made up over 70 different pieces of wood.
There are only around 500 violin makers worldwide who craft the instruments, including Corrie Schrijver from Brampton, from scratch.
Corrie has built 50 instruments in her lifetime - from violins to double basses.
She is now hoping to inspire more people to take up the art and will be holding classes in Brampton.
Taster sessions are available on the following dates:
- Friday 28 February: 3.00pm to 9.00pm
- Saturday 1 March: 10.00am to 4.00pm
For more details, contact Corrie Schrijver on 01697 72649.
A new CD has been put together to showcase some of the best bands in Dumfries and Galloway, at the same time as raising money for charity.
The CD is called Small Town Sounds and all the money raised from the sale will go towards a community radio station, a school and a children's ward.
Fiona McIlwraith reports.
A third West Cumbrian festival has announced it won't go ahead next year. Organisers of CockRock music festival say they have struggled financially over the past few years and have been met with 'unwelcome restrictions'.
Last week organisers of both the Whitehaven Festival and Solfest said they were taking a break in 2014.