CHILDREN from schools in Huddersfield got some expert tuition – from a world-famous choir.
Pupils in Scissett were given the chance to take part in special workshops featuring members of The Aurin Girls Choir, from Hungary.
The choir are on a tour of the UK and in addition to headlining a concert in the town, they worked with kids at Scissett First School.
Teacher Penny Prescott, of Scissett First School, arranged the visit and said: “It was fabulous.
“The children loved the chance to work with international performers and it brought so many sections of the community together”.
The Kirklees Area Committee funded the project and the Hungarian choir also visited Skelmanthorpe’s Textile Heritage Museum to look at Huddersfield’s weaving history and took part in an English folk dancing workshop.
Ms Prescott managed the whole event with the help of Scissett Middle School’s Judi Sims, head of music, who organised the concert at Scissett Middle School.
The choir come from a specialist singing school in Kecskemét in Hungary which was founded in 1950 by composer Zoltán Kodály who, after a visit, was inspired by England’s rich choral tradition. From kindergarten the pupils embark on a 12-year programme in which folk music forms the backbone of the musical curriculum.
The choir have won international acclaim in choral competitions under the baton of László Durányik who studied at the famous Liszt Academy in Budapest.
Most recently, in March this year, they won 1st prize and gold medal in the Budapest International Choir Competition, a prize they have won on four other occasions.
They have also won many first prizes in major international choral competitions.
The choir collaborated with young musicians from Scissett Middle School, Shelley Music Centre and Shelley College to perform a concert, with great success and appreciation, in Scissett Middle’s school hall.