ZIMBE is Swahili for ‘let us sing’ and you can do just that with a little help of two leading choral directors.
Thom Meredith and wife Lynn Hudson first came across Zimbe when they attended last summer’s National Festival of Music for Youth Singposium.
They’re now bringing it to town and want people to get involved.
The event will take place at St Paul’s Hall on Saturday, March 13.
Thom said: “We had a quick hour’s workshop on a brand new piece ZIMBE! led by the composer, Alexander L’Estrange and the work had immediate appeal and was also immediately accessible.
“It is an uplifting celebration of African music, set for mixed SATB [soprano, alto, tenor, bass] choir unison children’s chorus and a jazz quintet.
“The vibrant percussion parts make a real impression and on March 13 we will be working with young instrumentalists from Huddersfield and Halifax as well as enlisting the accompanying skills of Darius Battiwalla for good measure.”
And with the towns’ vibrant singing communities, they hope it takes off.
Their aim it to begin the day at 10.30am with rehearsals and a performance at 5pm the same day.
It is open to anyone who would like to have a go at singing a new work which has not yet been recorded.
Young singers are welcome although children should be year six and above.
It costs £20 for adults and £10 for those in full time education. Contact the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hfccourse.co.uk for more information.