It is one of the biggest nights in the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s autumn calendar.

Young singers and musicians will flood the stage next Wednesday underlining the rich seam of musical talent which continues to flow through the town.

Every year, the Friends of the Lawrence Batley Theatre organises a fund-raising concert for the theatre showcasing the  town’s young people.

And this year, they’ve looked to the West End and musical films for inspiration.

Audiences used to the previous Last Night of the Proms’ style concerts won’t be disappointed.

There will still be the ‘flag-waving fun’ ending but before all of that, there will be top songs to enjoy  from musicals and films such as The Lion King, Les Miserables, Oliver, Titanic and Bugsy Malone.

The concert organisers have brought together three choirs, an orchestra plus soloists. It’s going to be quite a night.

Kirsty Haigh , one of our brightest young singing talents, returns to thrill the Friends’ concert audience once again. She’s become a firm favourite at this event.

She’s bringing along another well-known local singer, Martin Stead, to join her on stage for an excerpt from Phantom of the Opera.

The concert will be directed by the area’s Mr Music, Thom Meredith.

Thom is principal of Kirklees Music School, conductor of Colne Valley Male Voice  and a much-in demand soloist.

Thom Meredith
Thom Meredith
 

He will be conducting the  Music School’s Youth Symphony Orchestra and their Symphonic Brass who continue to dazzle with their skills.

These accomplished young musicians will play film theme tunes such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Schindler’s List.

 The violin solo will be played by their new leader,  Jordan Earnshaw.

The theatre will be packed with young singers too from  the senior Colne Valley Vocal Academy plus the  school choirs from St Patrick’s School, Birkby and Christ Church Academy,  Woodhouse.

Christ Church Academy has a history of whole school singing and  two years ago, gained a Platinum singing award from Sing Up.

A slot was found in the timetable almost five years ago to start the choir and since then membership has grown.

The choir is directed by  Miss Gillian Hamer, supported in weekly rehearsals by Mrs Jo Shaw and Ms Sharon Crosfield.

During the last two years, the choir has been invited to perform at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and at Cummins Diamond Jubilee celebrations in addition to the opening of the Academy and appearances within the community of Deighton and Woodhouse Hill.

The concert start time has been brought forward to 7pm this year because of the number of younger performers involved in this year’s show.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children.

The aim is to make terrific music and to raise money to help keep local theatre alive.

Box office is on 01484 430528.