They have a reputation for performing musical pieces that are a little more unusual.

Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra doesn’t follow the more commercial path of a professional orchestra.

Instead Colne Valley’s symphony orchestra challenges its musicians, much to the appreciation of its audiences.

The orchestra performs four concerts at Huddersfield Town Hall every year.

Its next production is Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman on October 19.

Orchestra treasurer Felicity Fuller said while professional orchestras were driven by the need to sell tickets, performing more ‘popular’ pieces to encourage larger audiences, Slaithwaite was able to do things a little differently.

“While we obviously want to please our audience we are not quite so constrained as professional orchestras,” she said.

“I have played for 13 years and in that time I have rarely played the same pieces twice.”

Slaithwaite Philharmonic, established 122 years ago, has more than 60 playing members. The conductor is Benjamin Ellin.

Rehearsals are held on Monday nights at Slaithwaite Civic Hall.

Once again this year the orchestra is taking part in the Examiner’s Wish campaign.

The group was successful last year and will use the money to buy music for the piece Toccata and Fugue by Bach, which will feature in its concert in January.

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REGISTRATION is now open for our new Wish campaign.

With places restricted to 150 this year, groups are urged to act quickly to sign up.

Registration closes on September 18 and all those groups accepted for registration are then sure to share a slice of the £25,000 up for grabs.

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