Young voices in harmony

Halifax Young Singers - giving concert in Brighouse in Feb
Halifax Young Singers - giving concert in Brighouse in Feb

For 25 years, Halifax Young Singers have been entertaining audiences with their high standard of musicianship and their choral ability.

The choir now has 90 members with an even spread of girls and boys which for mixed choirs is usually difficult to achieve.

Calder's Got Talent auditionees at Calder High School, Brier Hey Lane, Mytholmroyd. Bertie Yates aged thirteen.

Calder's Got Talent auditionees at Calder High School, Brier Hey Lane, Mytholmroyd. Bertie Yates aged thirteen.

In December the Young Singers’ chamber choir appeared with Brighouse and Rastrick Band at Central Methodist Church and the full choir will return on Saturday, February 9 at 7.30pm.

The choir has had many successes at music festivals and has given hundreds of concerts at home and abroad, raising more than £30,000 for local charities.

In 2011 the choir made its debut on the Gilbert and Sullivan opera stage at the International G & S Youth Festival in Buxton where members performed The Pirates of Penzance. This summer the choir will be back in Buxton to sing ‘Ruddigore’ which will also be presented in Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, on July 14. Publicity officer Joe Stones said: “The choir is best know, however, for the high standard of youth choral work, both in terms of popular and classical repertoires under the skilled direction of music director Lynn Hudson and accompanist Craig Cockerill.”

The programme for the concert at Central Methodist Church is expected to include Gloria from the ‘Missa Brevis’ by Knut Nystedt and ‘Seal Lullaby’ by Eric Whitacre.

Well-known songs will include ‘Down by the Riverside’, ‘Happy Together’ and ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother’.

Four of the choir’s talented singers will be appearing as soloists - Lorna Bowers, Rhiann Cliffe, who also attends Brighouse Methodist Church, Bertie Yates and Zachary Smith.

The choir made it to the finals of the UK’s Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham and brought home three awards from the Eskdale Festival of the Arts in Whitby.

Three years ago at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in Huddersfield the choir won the Arthur Rooke Trophy for the outstanding performance in the junior choral classes and the class for Young People’s Choir, 19 years and under.

“As well as singing, concerts , winning in competitions and raising money for charities, members have a lot of fun and make many friends,” said Joe.

The choir welcomes young singers from year five to school-leaving age.