TRUMPET player Rebecca Robertson has been named the best young musician of the year.
The former Holmfirth High School pupil won the prestigious Kirklees Young Musician of the Year award.
Rebecca, 20, of Scholes, walked away with £1,000 prize money and her name etched on the winner’s trophy.
Rebecca, currently a student at the Royal Northern College of Music, said: “It’s amazing to win.
“I’ve been playing for 10 years. My dad Philip was my first trumpet teacher and always gives me advice.
“I played pieces I love and I really enjoyed it.”
Rebecca hopes to play trumpet professionally in an orchestra once she graduates.
She beat off competition from 11 other young musicians aged 17-24 after playing a 15 minute recital.
She played three pieces – her university recital Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy for Trumpet – and an Oskar Lindberg and Hindemith piece.
Second place in the contest went to trombone player Nick Walker, a former King James’ School pupil, while 17-year-old Jonathan Beevers was named third after his percussion recital.
This is the first year the Kirklees Young Musician of the Year Contest has been run as a stand-alone to the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival, which starts on February 20.
Adjudicator Jonathan Cullen described Rebecca’s recital as “brave and inspiring”.
Mr Cullen added: “Huddersfield is becoming quite a Mecca for music making and music education.
“I only wish I had five prizes.”
Mr Cullen is the director of the London Symphony Chorus and Chorus Master of the Huddersfield Choral Society.
He has appeared as guest conductor with the BBC Concert Orchestra and last summer appeared in front of audiences of up to 14,000 in Chicago.
Mr Cullen has been nominated in three successive years for a Grammy award for his choral work.
Next Saturday Rebecca will perform her winning performance at the final show in which winners from throughout the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival will appear.
The event takes place at Huddersfield Town Hall.