MORE than 100 singers came together in Huddersfield for the first rehearsal for Festival of Brass and Voices 2006, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The ladies' choirs began their preparations at St Stephen's Church in Lindley for the festival which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday, November 4.
The tri-annual Festival of Brass and Voices, compered by Huddersfield-born star Gorden Kaye, of TV comedy `Allo `Allo, will feature more than 1,000 singers from around the UK.
They will unite for an evening of traditional and classical music, including favourites Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance march.
The choirs will be accompanied by two top Yorkshire brass bands, Sellers International Band from Huddersfield and Leeds-based YBS Band, and all will be under the musical direction of William Relton, formerly general manager of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
This year's event aims to raise £100,000 for Cancer Research UK, through ticket and programme sales, donations and a collection on the evening.
The first get-together in Huddersfield will be followed by 10 other regional rehearsals involving the choirs taking part from around the UK.
The Huddersfield rehearsal included singers from Almondbury, Denby Dale, Penistone and Rossendale choirs.
The sessions will culminate in a final national rehearsal at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday, October 8.
Cancer Research UK's Claire Marshall said: "We are really excited that the first rehearsal for this fantastic event has taken place.
"Over the next seven months, choirs all around the UK will be preparing for the Festival of Brass and Voices in London, many of whom have personal reasons for supporting our cause.
"They will not only provide us with a spectacle of sound and vision, but will significantly contribute to Cancer Research UK's vital work."