AUDIENCES braving the weekend's stormy gales to go to a junior music festival were then blown away by the performances.
Quartets, choirs, big bands, jazz ensembles and string orchestras were at Salendine Nook High School to take part in the world's largest youth music festival.
More than 1,200 instrumentalists, singers and dancers aged between five and 21 performed in the Music For Youth regional festival.
When these regional heats end, 43,000 children, teenagers and young adults from around the country will have taken one step closer to performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Throughout the country, 59 regional festivals are to be held until April 3.
Three hundred groups will be chosen to take the stage at the National Festival of Music for Youth in London's South Bank.
Thirty of them will be invited to the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall in November.
Salendine Nook High School was hosting the event for the first time, sponsored by construction group Jarvis.
From the haunting strains of the Beatles' Hey Jude, performed by Honley High Flutes, to the bravura renditions of Kirklees Youth Brass Band, there was something for all tastes in the packed 300-capacity hall.
The musicians travelled from throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Pat France is the organiser of Huddersfield's regional festival, as well as being team development leader for the Kirklees Music School.
Old hands like the Shelley Music Senior Band, comprising 100 eight to 13-year-olds, rubbed shoulders with first-timers, such as Meltham C of E School String group.
The two judges give no prizes, points or standings, but simply pass comment on the bands and choose which they would like to see in London.
Some local groups, including the Kirklees Percussion Ensemble and Shelley Music Centre, have made it all the way to the Royal Albert Hall.
"There's an element of competition," said Ms France. "But this festival is nice because it's not too competitive. They come to enjoy the music and we like them to come and enjoy the music of other people."
Performers as young as six get to go on stage with 19-year-olds.
"They are given material that's appropriate and it really works," said Ms France.
"They are given their own part to play and it's at their level. It's good for them because they are playing alongside vastly more experienced players."
Over the years, Ms France has watched performers mature. The festival recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
"I see them grow," she explained. "Children who were doing it as six-year-olds are now teenagers. That's one of the more rewarding parts."
Ronan McKee teaches percussion at Kirklees Music School.
The Kirklees Percussion Ensemble has gone to the Albert Hall three times, performing music he has written.
"It's extremely rewarding," said Mr McKee. "When they put so much work into it and for them to get down as far as the Royal Albert Hall and to then play is great."