Some of Huddersfield’s most talented young singers are to be in the TV spotlight.
They will be broadcasting live on BBC1 on Easter Sunday.
The 55 members of Huddersfield Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs will perform on the Easter Day broadcast of Songs of Praise as the programme looks at how Easter is celebrated across different communities.
The choirs are directed by Lucy Appleyard and accompanied by Leeds Cathedral organist, Daniel Justin.
The choirs are based at St Patrick’s RC Church, in New North Road, Huddersfield, and draw their members from local schools.
In a very successful year so far, they have already toured to Liverpool, and in June will make their BBC Radio 4 debut singing live for Sunday Worship.
Lucy said: “It’s a great privilege for us to take part in one of the most important religious broadcasts of the year, and it’s real recognition of the talent of our young musicians and their ability to sing to an audience of millions.
“It will be a real celebration of their musical skill and enthusiasm.”
Ben Saunders, director of music for the Diocese of Leeds, said: “The Diocese’s choral directors work with over 2,500 children every week in West Yorkshire, and the quality of their leadership and inspiration makes a real difference to so many young lives.
“We are so thrilled that the BBC recognise this and are giving our children an opportunity they will remember forever.”
The Diocese of Leeds has the largest church programme of choral music for young people in the United Kingdom. In total it maintains 55 choirs comprising some 2,500 children meeting weekly.
There are 43 school choirs, six boys’ choirs, six girls’ choirs, a groundbreaking new choir school and a semi-professional adult choir.
BBC1 Songs of Praise is broadcast at 5.10pm on Easter Day, Sunday, April 20.
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