FIND a place to park your chair, unpack your picnic hamper, sit back and enjoy an evening of Music In The Park!
The open air concert – this year taking place at Holme Valley Memorial Hospital on Saturday September 6 – follows the same formula which has proved so successful over the past six years.
Organised by the hospital’s League of Friends, Music In The Park showcases the valley’s homegrown musical talents in a relaxed and friendly setting.
It is now firmly established as an annual event in the valley calendar, raising a total of more than £5,000 to date, helping to provide extra facilities and comforts for the hospital patients.
The concert will be staged in the hospital grounds, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, with entertainment throughout the evening from 6.30pm until 10pm, featuring Hade Edge Senior Band, Vocal Expressions ladies’ choir and soloist Helen Woodhead.
The band has recently celebrated its centenary with a sparkling performance in a packed Huddersfield Town Hall. The future also looks bright after last summer's long-awaited move to a new bandroom with the backing of band president Edgar Dickinson and vice-president Philip Wright.
And thanks to the forward-thinking team building of musical director Simon Wood the band’s musical reputation continues to go from strength to strength.
Vocal Expressions claim to be ‘more than just a choir.’ For those involved, it is a chance to be part of something that goes far beyond a mere musical ensemble. The weekly rehearsals, regular concerts and the release of the choir’s first CD, opened up new horizons for the fun loving but disciplined singers.
The choir first came together in January 1997 with a core of just 20 members which has more than doubled over the past 11 years. ‘Enthusiasm for singing’ has always been the main qualification for aspiring members and this ethos continues unchanged today.
From these humble beginnings, the choir has evolved into a hard-working unit which has been welcomed far and wide including Llandudno, Scarborough, St Annes and Harrogate.
The first Music In The Park at the Memorial Hospital was held in 2002, but two years ago the show had to be cancelled at the last minute when strong winds and heavy rain wreaked havoc.
Last year's concert went ahead as planned in much calmer conditions but the audience turnout of just over 200 was down on previous events. It was thought that many people opted to stay at home because so much of the summer had been marred by torrential downpours.
Usually tickets have sold like the proverbial hot cakes and so organisers will be hoping for a dry spell and warm conditions leading up to the big night on Saturday September 6.
TICKETS: priced £7.50 are available now from Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre, 49-51 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, phone 01484-222444, from League of Friends committee members, or you can pay at the gate.