WHEN it comes to music, Huddersfield hits the right note.
And one organisation in particular strikes a chord for enterprise.
After all, how many other groups can boast Sir Cliff Richard, Lord Lloyd Webber and Phillip Schofield among its patrons?
Music and the Deaf is a unique national charity which has opened up the pleasure of music and the performing arts to people with hearing-impaired people.
Now Music and the Deaf, based at the Media Centre, is backing the campaign for Huddersfield to be named Enterprise Capital of Britain 2005.
The company was formed in 1988 by Huddersfield man Paul Whittaker, who is profoundly deaf.
He overcame his difficulties to graduate in music at Oxford and is also an associate of the Royal College of Organists and the London College of Music.
Music and the Deaf helps deaf people of all ages and degrees of hearing loss to enjoy music and the performing arts through workshops, projects in schools and "signed" theatrical performances across the UK.
In the UK, about 24,000 people under the age of 15 are deaf. In total, some 9m people in the UK are deaf or hard of hearing.
Said Mr Whittaker: "We are delighted to support the campaign.
"We have extensive links in the town with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Media Centre and many other organisations.
"Huddersfield is also one of the most friendly and positive places I know."
Mr Whittaker has worked with prestigious producers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh.
Sir Cliff Richard and TV presenter Phillip Schofield are among patrons of the organisation.
Among its projects, Music and the Deaf is involved in adapting the national curriculum for music to enable deaf pupils to be included in statutory music lessons at schools across the country.
It is also managing a programme of after-school music clubs for hearing-impaired youngsters across West Yorkshire.
* You can register your vote for Huddersfield as Enterprise Capital of Britain. To vote or find out more about the campaign visit website www.madeinhuddersfield.net or ring freephone 08000 111120.
For more information on Music and the Deaf contact Sue Rosborough on 01484 483115.