CHOIRS and brass bands from across Yorkshire have helped raise over £100,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, the highest figure ever raised for the charity by a single event.
No wonder that both the charity's officials and the organisers of the Yorkshire Festival of Music are singing the praises of the event held in the Royal Albert Hall last autumn.
More than 1,500 choristers and two brass bands took part in the concert in a hall packed with thousands of supporters, many of them from the Huddersfield area.
Some choir members then continued their fundraising efforts by singing the following morning at Covent Garden!
The festival is held every three years and since the first, organised in 1984 by the Huddersfield Voluntary Committee of Yorkshire Cancer Research, it has raised more than £300,000.
The money goes to help fund pioneering research at universities and hospitals across Yorkshire into the cause and cure of cancer.
"The Yorkshire Festival of Music is a chance for Yorkshire to showcase its musical talents at one of the world's most famous venues," said Syd Harris, festival director.
"It is also the perfect opportunity to raise funds for Yorkshire cancer Research, the largest regional medical research charity in the UK and working entirely in Yorkshire."
Elaine King, chief executive of Yorkshire Cancer Research said: "This is the highest figure ever raised by any one single event in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. We are delighted that this event not only raised substantial funds for the charity, but also raised the rafters of the Royal Albert Hall to the delight of everyone involved."
Local choirs who sang at the festival included ladies choirs from Almondbury, Denby Dale, Honley, Marsh and Penistone plus the Pennine Singers and male voice choirs from Colne Valley, Gledholt, Honley, New Mill, Skelmanthorpe, Elland, Halifax, Thornhill and Millhouse Green.
Sellers International and the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band played, William Relton was the conductor and Ian Cockerline and Alan Binnington were the organists. Cornet player Peter Roberts and bass/baritone Norman Mellor were the soloists. Huddersfield-born Gorden Kaye was the compere.
* The concert last November was recorded live and is now available on CD at £9.99 (plus £2 post and packaging) from: The Noddle, Halifax Road, Scapegoat Hill, HD7 4NS.