Top brass and young voices in harmony

Brighouse and Rastrick Band - new pic 2013 ''Pic by Gordon Ratcliffe
Brighouse and Rastrick Band - new pic 2013 ''Pic by Gordon Ratcliffe

Young voices will join top brass band Brighouse and Rastrick in concert at Huddersfield Town Hall in March.

This year B & R is making a break from its 40-year tradition of sharing the stage with another brass ensemble and instead welcoming 90 members of Halifax Young Singers, aged from eight to 21.

The concert, part of the Massed Bands series, is on Saturday March 22 at 7.15pm and tickets will go on sale on Saturday, February 8 from 10am to noon only at Ryecorn Wholefoods, Brighouse.

They will also be available from Graham Ward on 01484 712355 and from Wednesday, February 12 at Kirklees ticket outlets on 01484 223200.

Halifax Young Singers have been going from strength to strength over the past 21 years under the leadership of musical director Lynn Hudson. The choir has had competitive success at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in Huddersfield, the Eskdale Festival in Whitby and the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham. The young choir is based at the Carlton Rooms, Halifax.

Brighouse and Rastrick Band are current Whit Friday contest champions and recent Yorkshire and National Championship winners.

The programme for March 22’s concert will include music from the movies, popular arrangements and classical pieces.

There will also be contributions from the band’s renowned soloists.

The band will be led on the night by the charismatic and flamboyant Richard Evans, a founding member of the National Youth Brass Band and the driving force behind the success of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.

Before then, Brighouse and Rastrick Band will be in action on both sides of the Pennines. On Sunday, February 2 the band will play at York Opera House, led by Phil Chalk.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Grand Opera House website or from 0844 871 7615.

A week later, on Sunday, February 9, the band will play at the renowned Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The band will be led by guest conductor Nigel Seaman and the concert begins at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from the booking line on 0151 709 3789 or from www.liverpoolphil.com