Young musicians could find divine intervention when the Emmerdale vicar joins the judging panel of a Holmfirth talent competition.

John Middleton, who plays vicar Ashley Thomas in the TV soap, will be one of the judges of Brass Factor, a brass band head-to-head with a talent show twist.

The 61-year-old, who has played Ashley for 16 years, said he had always loved brass music since his childhood in the North East.

He said he was delighted with the opportunity to become a part of the Brass Factor and help promote brass music as well as the brightest young talent from the region.

John said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to be one of the judges.

“I feel honoured to be involved as brass competitions, whether they are for bands or individual musicians, have been a huge part of my personal history since my childhood in the North East.

“It is also a privilege to know that Brass Factor is continuing the legacy of encouraging and helping young people fulfil their dreams of playing a brass instrument.

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“It is a legacy that spans hundreds of years both in this country and worldwide. However it feels particularly special to be part of this event in Yorkshire which is my heartfelt home.”

Six bands will compete for the Brass Factor title at Holmfirth Picturedrome on November 15.

Brass Factor founder Alex Bray said: “I’m really excited to have a well-known soap star such as John involved.

“It’s great for the profile of the competition and I’m sure supporters and bands alike will enjoy having John there on what should be a fantastic evening in Holmfirth.

“John’s a really fantastic character to have especially as he loves his brass music. Having him there really does fit in the aims of Brass Factor and what it’s all about which is promoting brass music and showcasing young talent.”

Tickets are on sale from £10 and can be purchased from www.brassfactor.com