THE judges praised the organiser behind the Concert On The Hill, David Roebuck, for his foresight in bringing Huddersfield’s finest musicians together to provide an outdoor concert for the people while raising thousands of pounds for charity – and all in spectacular style.
David’s idea for the annual event at Salendine Nook came after he went to a big outdoor musical event at Harewood House, Leeds, and thought it lacked atmosphere and so he decided to set up his own.
That was 12 years ago and since then the concert, which features Huddersfield’s excellent brass bands, brilliant male voice choirs and great amateur dramatics, has raised thousands of pounds for the Forget Me Not Trust Children’s Hospice, the oncology unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary after David lost his wife to breast cancer and for the Holly Bank Trust.
It was described at the awards as “the very essence of a community event.’’
David said: “It is six months of extremely hard work to make this event possible. We do rely on our sponsors and thank them very much for their kindness.
“I still think it’s amazing that amateurs can get up and perform in front of the crowd of 1,500 people.”
l The other nominees in this category were Shepley Spring Festival and Holmfirth Film Festival and it was sponsored by Pearson Funeral Directors.