A LEADING choir is joining forces with a top brass band for a showpiece concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Elland Male Voice Choir and the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band will perform in the A Festival of Brass and Voices on October 31.
They will join a host of choirs from across the country, accompanied by the famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the musical extravaganza which will raise substantial funds for Cancer Research UK.
But last weekend, the choir, conducted by their musical director Janet Revill, supported by her assistants Dr Eilidh Gunson and Maureen Davies, sang a medley of songs including Ragtime, American Trilogy and love songs together with the Ripponden Brass Band at All Saints Church, Elland.
Then, accompanied by the band and conducted by the band’s musical director, Tony Jaeger, they sang a number of songs which included the Hornpipe, a medley of Sea Shanties, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory.
The concert concluded with the band playing and the choir and audience singing the National Anthem.
The choir, which this year is celebrating its 60th anniversary, began its life within the walls so Elland Working Men’s Club around the time of the Second World War when they sang under the banner of Elland WMC Choir.
They rehearsed and performed at the club until 1949 after which they transferred to the Temperance Street Sunday School in Elland and changed their title to Elland Male Voice Choir.