TALENTED musicians are entertaining people as a preview of the forthcoming Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Organisers are delighted the musicians have been able to reach out to people of all ages, with young and old alike enjoying the live classical and contemporary music.
Bass clarinetist Sarah Watts has been touring the town, starting at Lindley Special Care Unit and stopping off at The Homestead Day Care Centre in Almondbury and Huddersfield Technical College along the way.
But it is her talent to make animal sounds on her clarinet that has made the biggest impression so far – especially on children!
Heidi Johnson, education and outreach officer, said: “One little boy at Lindley was so taken with the elephant sound she played that she recorded it for him and as she was leaving he was playing in repeatedly.
“It is times like this – when we can really reach out to people and give them the chance to hear live music – that we all really love.”
Musicians at the festival – which begins on Friday, November 16 – are celebrating its 30th birthday.
Their tour of schools, community groups and residential homes is a birthday present to the town that has supported them over the years.
They also hope it will introduce their style of music to a new generation.
Ms Johnson added: “It is going really well and the reaction from the people in the places Sarah has been to has been very positive.
“This is our way of thanking people for their support; giving something back to the town.
“It gives us the chance to take music into places where people wouldn’t usually have access to it or listen to this style of music.”
Sarah has visited four places so far and has another 16 visits to make within the next few weeks.