HOMEGROWN talent shone in the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival this weekend.
Kirsty Smith, from Honley, scooped prizes for the most promising young singer and the coveted Huddersfield Choral Society Rose Bowl - previously won by West End stage star Emma Williams.
Emma, from Illingworth, Halifax, was just 18 when she played Truly Scrumptious, opposite Michael Ball's Professor Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Another impressive performance came from 20-year-old Sarah Ogden, from Brockholes, who won the Junior Vocal Recital singing three pieces - Scarlatti's Le Violette, Wolf's Verborgenheit and Ivor Gurney's Spring.
After her victory she said: "I am delighted. It has taken a lot of hard work but it is all worth it.
"I started singing when I was about 15, but I have been playing instruments since I was just seven."
Sarah, a former Holmfirth High School pupil, is now in her final year of a music degree at Birmingham.
"It has been hectic preparing for the competition because of all the work I am doing for university as well at the moment, but I have managed and it has paid off," she said. "There were nine of us competing in the junior recital class and everyone was very good, so I am pleased to have won."
Sarah, who will compete for the title of Kirklees Young Musician Of The Year on Friday, also came third in the Solo Soprano class. She was beaten by the festival's runaway success story Emma Peaurt, 26, from Manchester.
She won all but one of her categories - she came second in British Composer class - and picked up the Samuel Firth Rose Bowl.
She said: "Everything just seems to have come right all at the same time. I have really enjoyed the competition and think the standards have been very high."
The festival runs until February 26 and is being staged at Huddersfield Town Hall and St Paul's Hall, on the university campus.
David Hirst, general manager of the festival, said the opening weekend had been a success.
"We have seen some wonderful performances and I am sure some stars of the future. Hopefully the standards will remain this high throughout."
English Song (18 and over) - 1 Kathryn Henshaw, 2 Alexandra Webster, 3 Emma Doolan. German Lieder - 1 Emma Peaurt, 2 Sally Mitchell, 3 Richard Buxton. Traditional British Folk Song - 1 Kath Ireland, 2 James Paskell, 3 Maxine Taylor.
British Composer - 1 Alexandra Webster, 2 Emma Peaurt, 3 Ernie Thorn, 4 Kath Ireland. Girls' Solo (12 and 13 years) - 1 Lauren Schofield, 2 Catrin Pryce-Jones, 3 Lucy Morton. Girls' Solo (14 and 15 years) - 1 Maxine Taylor, 2 Rachel O'Hare, 3 Rachel Alpin.
Ladies' Oratorio Solo - 1 Emma Peaurt, 2 Alexandra Webster, 3 Maxine Taylor. Gentlemen's Oratorio Solo - 1 Ernie Thorn, 2 Harold Earnshaw, 3 James Paskell. Young Men's Solo - 1 Myles Taylor, 2 Kristian Cleworth.
Tenor Solo - 1 James Allen, 2 Richard Buxton, 3 Ernie Thorn. Baritone/Bass Solo - 1 Brian Winterbottom, 2 James Paskell, 3 Roy Kenyon. Gentlemen's Operatic Solo - 1 John Krenc, 2 Richard Buxton, 3 Harold Earnshaw.
French Song - 1 Emma Peaurt, 2 Alexandra Webster, 3 Richard Buxton. Ladies' Operatic Solo - 1 Emma Peaurt, 2 Kath Ireland, 3 Kathryn Henshaw. Mezzo/Alto Solo - 1 Kath Ireland, 2 Bridget Snasdell, 3 Christine Quirk.
Soprano Solo - 1 Emma Peaurt, 2 Alexandra Webster, 3 Sarah Ogden. Girls' Solo (16 and 17 years) - 1 Kirsty Smith, 2 Lucy Rhodes, 3 Eleanor Walter, 4 Charlotte Kitson. Light Operatic Solo - 1 Kath Ireland, 2 James Paskell, 3 Richard Buxton.
Vocal Duet - 1 Anna Page and Anna Gould, 2 Maxine Taylor and Eleanor Walter, 3 Richard Buxton and Richard Evans, 4 Bridget Snasdell and Elly Bosworth. Music Theatre (17 years and over) - 1 Nicola Yeoman, 2 Sally Mitchell, 3 Karis Arnold. Girls' Solo (nine years and under) - 1 Francesca Merritt, 2 Thomas Ramsay.
Boys' Solo (unbroken voice) - 1 Tom Law, 2 Thomas Lambert, 3 Myles Taylor. Girls' Solo (10 and 11 years) - 1 Jessica Ramsay, 2 Ann Wilkes, 3 Jessica Pass. English Song (17 years and under) - 1 Eleanor Walter, 2 Kirsty Smith, 3 Ann Wilkes.
Drumkit Solo (13 years and under) - 1 Harry Meredith, 2 Johnathan Beevers, 3 Logan Hartley. Drumkit Solo (16 and under) - 1 Johnathan Beevers, 2 Joe Cooke, 3 Thomas Gammell. Percussion Solo (13 years and under) - 1 Harry Meredith, 2 Johnathan Beevers, 3 Jonathan Mansfield.
Percussion Solo (16 years and over) - 1 Johnathan Beevers, 2 Tom Inglis, 3 Thomas Bennett. Percussion or Drumkit Solo - 1 Thomas Merry, 2 Michael Fish. Vocal Recital (21 years and over) - 1 Emma Peaurt, 2 Helen Appleton, 3 Alexandra Webster.
Louise Hinchliffe Trophy Most Promising Young Singer - Kirsty Smith. The Huddersfield Choral Society Rose Bowl for Young Singers - 1 Kirsty Smith, 2 Jessica Ramsay. Samuel Firth Rose Bowl - Emma Peaurt.