AN extravaganza of music at Huddersfield Town Hall provided a grand finale to this year’s Mrs Sunderland Music Festival.
Some of the best performers from the nine-day festival showcased their talents at the Gala Concert, which brought the festival to a close on Saturday night.
David Hirst, management chairman for the festival, said the concert had been a success.
“It was a good concert, possibly even better than last year. The performers were all extremely good.”
Those performers included the winner of this year’s Kirklees Young Musician of the Year title – 16-year-old flautist Sarah Jane Bennett, from Birkenshaw.
Singer Sarah Ogden, from Shelley, also performed. The 23-year-old won the Kirklees Young Musician of the Year title in 2006 and this year took the Samuel Firth Silver Rose Bowl for vocal recital.
Sarah, who has been competing at Mrs Sunderland since she was 17, also won the French song open, soprano solo open and British composer open classes. She took second place in the German lieder and operatic solo classes and came third in the oratorio solo open class.
Another talented young singer, Rachel Crisp, took the stage at the gala night. Rachel, from Brighouse, won the Huddersfield Choral Society Rose Bowl for Young Singers.
Instrumentalists entertaining the audience included Gregory Barker from Fixby, who won the woodwind or recorder solo for Year 11 and under class with his clarinet solo.
Oboe player Nicola Runkee from Kirkburton, also performed. She received an honours mark in the woodwind or recorder solo, Year 9 and under.
A highlight of the gala concert was the closely-fought Choir Prize Winners Challenge.
Winning choirs from festival classes each performed two pieces in a bid to win the Jessie Jameson Centenary Baton.
This year, the baton and first prize of £400 went to the Rodillian Singers. Taking second prize and £200 were Opus 44 and in third place, with of £100, was Colne Valley Male Voice Choir.