It has all the ingredients of a truly memorable evening.
Music with Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra usually is but the concert it is preparing for on January 18 offers even more.
The musicians, conducted by their music director, Benjamin Ellin, have been working on a programme which includes work by Bach, Ravel and Vaughan Williams.
“The meat of the programme is Vaughan Williams, but it is also a snapshot of our country before the Great War and after,” said a spokesman for the orchestra.
“It is very moving to hear. On the one hand we have the idyllic Lark Ascending, a true picture of rural harmony written in 1914 itself and on the other we have the 6th Symphony; a piece that no doubt was influenced by the composers time in the Somme.”
“Whilst not a concert in memory of the Great War, 2014 marks a time for everyone to reflect deeply on the events that started a century ago and the orchestras concert will provide a rounded view of that journey through music at the start of the year.
“Also on the programme are Stokowski's blistering orchestration of the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by JS Bach and Ravel's delectable suite from Daphnis and Chloe. “Stokowski was Vaughan Williams' class mate and Ravel gave Vaughan Williams lessons so it is a programme of discovery, friendship and reflection.”
The concert also features SPO's leader Michele Northam as soloist in the Lark Ascending.
“'We are very lucky to have Michele as our leader,” said Ben Ellin.
“Her commitment and passion for the orchestra is evident every week so I am immensely looking forward to performing this beautiful piece with her and the orchestra.”
Michele comes from Worcestershire and did her musical training at Leeds College of Music. After freelancing in the Midlands she was then offered a job in RSA at the State Theatre where she played in the opera and ballet orchestra.
Whilst there she was involved in performances with the visiting Berne Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Michele then moved to Johannesburg to play in the National Symphony Orchestra where she did concerts with the Three Tenors, Kiri Te Kanawa and a combined concert with the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin.
She also enjoyed doing studio recordings for film music, TV adverts and radio jingles.
Michele now works as a freelance violinist in Yorkshire, the Midlands and London. She runs the Serenade String Quartet which plays for weddings and business functions and in her spare time enjoys walking, reading, working out at the gym and spending time with her family.
The concert is at 7.30pm at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Ben Ellin will lead a discussion about the music at 6.30pm in the main concert hall.
Tickets priced £17.00 to £11.50 (concessions £9.50) available from Kirklees Box Offices (tel 223200).
As always children accompanied by adults are admitted free to the area and gallery.