CHORAL fans in Brighouse are in for a rare treat this weekend when an internationally renowned group of singers flies in from Russia.
And in what looks an art packed weekend for the town, the concert coincides with an exhibition of work by local artists.
The Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg will stop off in Rastrick tomorrow as part of its UK tour.
The en-semble is a male voice choir, based in St Petersburg and comprising just six professional singers.
They normally sing in Russian Orthodox Churches, with choirs and with opera companies.
At St John’s Church in Rastrick, the choir will sing both Russian Orthodox sacred music and Russian folk songs.
They will share the concert platform with singers from Gledholt Male Voice Choir, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary.
“The Ensemble see it as their goal to maintain the Russian traditions of church music and bring motets of the Eastern church closer to Western people,” said the Russian choir’s manager, Natalia Aksuticheva.
The choir has already toured France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Australia, the USA and South Africa.
Church warden Roger Ellis, who has helped to organise the events, said he was delighted by the choir’s visit and was certain that it would be a moving and memorable evening.
The concert begins at 7.15pm and tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children.
The church is also hosting a second event, an exhibition of work by local artists which follows a similar successful event last year.
Artists whose work is on display include Matthew Evans, who will also give a demonstration. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both locally and internationally including the Europastel exhibition in Italy and Russia.
Fixby artist Geoffrey T Wood, well known for his portraits and caricatures, will also give a demonstration and will officially open the event tonight.
Entrance to the opening is by ticket only at £4 (7pm to 9pm) while viewing tomorrow (Saturday April 26) (10am to 2pm and 6pm to 7pm) and Sunday (11.30am-12.30pm) is free.