WORLD-RENOWNED Huddersfield Choral Society is to lose its principal conductor.
Martyn Brabbins will leave at the end of the 2005/2006 season after 10 years. He said the anniversary was an appropriate time to draw the association to a close.
Choral society secretary Jeremy Garside said: "In accepting Martyn's decision, the society would like to thank him most warmly for his work and dedication.
"We recognise the large part he has played in helping to raise the musical standards and profile of the choir and leaving it in excellent health for the future."
Mr Brabbins is also associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of Sinfonia 21.
As a complement to his conducting talents, he has recently been appointed artistic director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music from 2005.
The society's Messiah performances tonight and tomorrow are not affected by the announcement and will be conducted by Jane Glover, as planned.