HUNDREDS of Holme Valley pupils are to perform a newly written song at one of Britain’s biggest youth music festivals.
Some 211 children from Holmfirth High School and junior schools across the valley will sing at National Festival of Music for Youth, in Birmingham on July 6.
They will perform ‘Dream Song of Thunders’ written for the event by Holmfirth composer Barry Russell.
The pupils, aged five to 16, have been rehearsing and raising money for their transport for what has become known as the ‘Rainbow Project’.
They have washed cars, baked cakes, busked and played concerts while Hade Edge Band and Longley Farm have supported the project.
The children, from Hepworth, Holme, Holmfirth, Upperthong and Wooldale, will be backed by the Holmfirth High School Orchestra.
Jim Morgan, head of music at Holmfirth High School, praised the community for their involvement.
He said: “It is a perfect example of pyramid collaboration in the arts. It is a working part of our transition policy – kids I don’t yet know have seen me in the street and talked about it.”
The National Festival of Music for Youth, which runs from July 4 to 9 at venues across Birmingham, will feature 12,000 young performers.