THE sound of sweet music filled Huddersfield Town Hall at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival gala concert.
The range of performance styles throughout the evening reflected well the variety of vocal, music and drama and speech classes on offer throughout the festival.
Young performers from Jazz Honkers Ensemble got the evening off to a lively start.
The Hade Edge Band, led by conductor Simon Wood, scooped top prize in the category of jazz and big band, 21 years and under.
On the night they were presented with the Roy Castle Trophy and £75.
During the rest of the evening, compere Ken Rothery introduced a selection of outstanding performers from this year's festival.
Pianist Penelope Walcott dazzled the packed audience with her imaginative and unusual piece, entitled I Leap Through The Sky With Stars.
Penelope, from Canada, won the piano solo open class.
Then junior prizewinners impressed with their mature and hugely confident performances.
Lydia Bradd, of Halifax, sang beautifully Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic Any Dream Will Do from the musical Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Thomas Lambert, of Brighouse, performed folk song The Gentleman Soldier, followed by Ann Wilkes, of Beaumont Park, singing Dream O'Day Jill.
Adding some drama to the evening was Thomas Ramsay with recitals The Evacuee and Mr Baggott.
Thomas, of Wyke, like all the other young performers on the night, got a great reception for his confident performance.
After performances by Rachel Spencer and Kirklees Music School's adult African drumming group,
winner of the brass solo open class Rebecca Robertson, of Scholes, gave a performance on her cornet.
The 14-year-old, showed remarkable maturity for her age as she played a mix of traditional and modern pieces.
The Kirklees Young Musician of the Year winner, pianist Elizabeth Stacey, showed the audience why she won the prestigious title with a breath-taking performance.
Elizabeth, 21, a third- year music student at Huddersfield University, received her trophy and £700 cash prize from Kirklees mayor Clr Donald Firth.
Entertaining the audience were also choirs who had won their classes in the festival.
Saddleworth Male Voice Choir, Holme Valley Singers, Opus 44, Colne Valley Male Voice Choir , Friday Voices and Cantores Novae also battled it out for the Choir Prize Winners Challenge.
Cantores Novae, of Sheffield, took the top prize, walking away with the Jessie Jameson Centenary Baton and £400 prize money.
Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, who won last year, were second, winning £200. Friday Voices were third, scooping £100.
They were presented with their prizes by Examiner editor Roy Wright.
Mixed voice choir, 25 voices and over: 1 Holme Valley Singers. Kirklees choir: 1 Colne Valley MVC; 2 Holme Valley Singers; 3 Marsh Ladies Choir. Male voice choir, 25 voices and over: 1 Colne Valley MVC; 2 Gledholt MVC; 3 Saddleworth MVC.
Ladies choir, 25 voices and over: 1 Opus 44; 2 Nelson Civic Ladies Choir; 3 Cantores Novae. Small choir, 9-24 voices: 1 Lyceum Singers; 2 Friday Voices; 3 Cantores Novae and Opus 44.
Small vocal ensemble: 1 Cantores Divinus; 2 Friday Voices; 3 James Duffy. Choir programme: 1 Cantores Novae; 2 Friday Voices; 3 Colne Valley MVC. Jazz and big band, 21 years and under: 1 Jazz Honkers Ensemble.
Choir winners challenge: 1 Cantores Novae; 2 Colne Valley MVC; 3 Friday Voices.