Leading youth choir kicks off musical season

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Atop youth choir, a gang of pirates and a brave bunch of wartime survivors will make it a magical musical season.

On Saturday, November 16, Yorkshire Youth Choir will make a second visit to St Martin’s Church, Brighouse, to participate in a Special Day for Young People’s Choirs.

Formed in 2002, the choir draws its members from across Yorkshire, Humberside and north Lincolnshire. It provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn together, progress their singing and achieve high standards.

The choir, which has a wide -ranging repertoire of music of differing styles from Gabrielle to Gorecki, Mozart to the Beatles, will give a concert at St Martin’s at 7.30pm on November 16. The musical directors will be John and Alison Pryce-Jones.

From 1pm on the same day, the church will host the finals of a singing competition for Calderdale primary schools, sponsored by Halifax Choral Society. Choirs from six schools have qualified for the sing-off and the winning choir will be selected to perform at Carols and Brass with Halifax Choral Society and Black Dyke Band at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, in December.

Members of St Martin’s will provide refreshments throughout the day. Tickets for the concert at £11 are available by texting 07860 868714 or from the website on www.stmartinsbrighouse.org.uk

l Brighouse singer Ashley Davis is ready for some swashbuckling action when he takes the lead role of the Pirate King at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, next week.

Ashley, of Bailiff Bridge, is appearing with Halifax Light Opera Society in the Broadway version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Two years ago he took the lead role in ‘Me and My Girl’ with the same society.

Society members have thoroughly enjoyed themselves at rehearsals trying to talk like pirates and hope their enjoyment will rub off on the audiences.

The show runs from Wednesday November 13 to 16 including a Saturday matinee. For tickets contact 01422 351158.

l Southgate Social and Drama Group are preparing to tread the boards again with their production of the wartime musical ‘Blitz’ which will be at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland from November 27 to 30. Ticket hotline is on 07773 733102.