THE guitars took the lead in the annual young musicians showcase at the Albert Halls on Thursday night.

Bolton Music Centre Presents included performances by four guitar ensembles plus a set by The Catalyst, Bolton Battle of the Bands runner up.

C:Rock, Rock of Ages and Soul Patrol added to the contemporary mood of the celebration of the Bolton music service concerts that have been staged every night this week.

Only Bolton Flute Ensemble and the Greater Northern Folk Ensemble altered the style of the final night’s presentation.

The week has included sets by 24 other ensembles, across the whole spectrum of music teaching by Bolton Music Service.

The groups practise on different nights of the week at their base at Ladybridge High School, but are preparing for a move to the former Mere Hall building in Halliwell.

Today the annual celebration will be rounded off by the Bolton Choirs Festival at the Victoria Hall in Knowsley Street, from 12.30pm.

Nine choirs from across the borough will perform in two sessions before the day concludes with a workshop led by musician, Paul Whittaker and a concert by four-times British Barbershop Champions, Celebration.

At the end of the morning and afternoon choir performances, feedback will be given by national festival adjudicator, Philip Dewhurst.

Tickets for the day are £6, under-19s free.