MUSICIANS take to the stage today to rehearse for an epic concert featuring not only a piece of never-heard-before music but ­— also which believed to have never been done before.

Bolton Symphony Orchestra is bringing a world first to the stage with a double concerto for two tubas and an orchestra, inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Scandinavia.

Mountains and Fjords, a concerto for bass tuba and contrabass tuba, will be performed on September 22 at the Victoria Hall as part of the Scandinavian Scenes concert.

Interest in the piece of music is already growing.

It has been composed by Frederick Naftel, who said: "I do believe this is the first concerto for two tubas and two different tubas.

"We have been approached by recording labels who are interested in a recorded performance."

Mr Natel hopes the piece can be used by music students in their repertoire.

Tuba players performing in the concert are Andy Whyatt and Mike Johnson.

Mike’s professional career began, aged 17, with playing the tuba in the Band of Her Majesty's Irish Guards. He has played with John Foster & Sons, Black Dyke Mills Band, Fodens, Grimethorpe Colliery, Fairey’s, Rochdale, Wingates, and Leyland.

In 1983 Andy became the youngest player in British Open Brass Band competition, playing for Leyland Leyland Vehicles Band. Andy won a place in the sixth form at Chetham’s School of Music Since then Andy has played with bands including Fodens, Brighouse and Rastrick, Besses

Tickets are £12 and under-19s free. Ring 01204 522569.