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Evening of fun for all styles of singers!

ANYONE who loves singing is invited to a free workshop with Opera North soloist David Owen-Lewis.

ANYONE who loves singing is invited to a free workshop with Opera North soloist David Owen-Lewis.

The evening is part of the Mrs Sunderland Musical Competition.

The event, at Huddersfield Town Hall, is informal and open to people of all ages and abilities.

People are invited to bring along their favourite piece of music, whether it be it jazz, blues, pop or folk.

Organiser Michael Hampshire said: "It is a non-competitive workshop, to get people of all levels singing.

"This is the first time we have done a singing workshop for anybody, trained and untrained.

"As far as David is concerned, he just wants to encourage people to sing and have a laugh. He will give them some tips and promote the love and enjoyment of singing."

The workshop will begin at 6.30pm on Monday, February 18.

Welsh-born baritone Mr Owen-Lewis began singing when he was four. He studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he won the Herman Lieder Prize.

He joined Leeds-based Opera North in 1980 and his most recent role was the Dog in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen.

He has taken opera to new audiences, including those at three prisons, Wakefield, Armley in Leeds and Risley at Warrington.

Mrs Sunderland contest organisers say his workshops are very entertaining, informative and fun.

To book a free place, ring Elaine Lee on 01484 450321 or Mr Hampshire on 01422 352360.

Anyone is welcome to come along and watch, for an admission fee of £2.

This year's Mrs Sunderland competition, which runs from February 15 to the 23rd, has attracted a record 1,305 entries. This is 100 more than last year.

The contest has been running since 1889.


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