An evening of music and mirth in David’s memory

David Gee singing '(sorry not very good quality)
David Gee singing '(sorry not very good quality)

A memorial concert to celebrate the musical life of the late David Gee is to be held at Central Methodist Church in Brighouse - where he often performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Christmas.

The Voices in Harmony concert will be held on Saturday, October 19 and will raise funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

David, who died of cancer at the age of 50 in January, was well-known to audiences. He performed on numerous occasions at Halifax Playhouse with All Souls Amateur Operatic Society and other groups.

David came from a musical name and made his name as a singer while at Heath Grammar School. In 1974 sang the title role in Oliver! with Halifax Light Opera Society.

He went on to sing the leading roles in Yeoman of the Guard, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, The Bartered Bride, The Merry Widow and many other shows.

David also performed as a soloist in numerous oratorios with local societies and sang Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Verdi’s Requiem. He was much in demand at concerts and performed at numerous functions across the region.

The concert will be performed by singers from Huddersfield Choral Society, the Savile Singers, All Soul’s AOS and many other groups in the area.

The programme will consist of light-hearted excerpts from the many stage shows that David appeared in including The Priates of Penzance, The Gypsy Baron, Carmen and pieces from his early years as chorister.

Elizabeth Boyle, who has helped to organise the memorial concert, said: “David figured prominently as a concert soloist in the Calderdale area and wider afield. He often performed as a soloist at Central Methodist Church.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets at £10, which includes light refreshments, are available from 07429 623197 or by email: r10oly@sky.com