FOR the start of a series of concerts that are real winter warmers, head for St Paul’s Hall in Huddersfield next week.

The series, all organised by the University of Huddersfield, range from an organ recital of advent and Christmas music, to choral music by Benjamin Britten, a flute concerto and the beautiful string quartets of Elgar and Fauré.

On Monday evening (December 3) the University Choir and String Orchestra, conducted by John Bryan will be joined by the tenor, Andrew McAllister for a concert of music by British composers.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and the programme includes Four Pieces for String Orchestra by Bridge, arr Paul Hindmarsh, Simple Symphony and Cantata:ŠSt Nicolas op 42,Šboth by Britten.

On Wednesday December 5, there will be a lunchtime recital (1.15pm) by Thomas Moore, director of music at Wakefield Cathedral.

His concert of organ music for advent and Christmas will include pieces by Kenneth Leighton, Brahms, Bach, Dubois and Petr Eben

Next Thursday there are two concerts at university venues.

The first is a lunch-time concert at St Paul’s by Idee Fixe, an ensemble which is based in Thessaloniki in Greece and focuses on music written in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

The make-up of the ensemble is flexible and the performers promote work by Greek composers, blending music and dance, music and literature, in their performances.

The concert will be followed by a workshop with composition students from the department of Music.

Later the same day, vocal super-group Sector7 will perform in the university’s Phipps Hall (7.30pm).

This exciting septet injects a new dimension to jazz and soul.ŠSector7 comprises an unusual line-up of four singers and a jazz trio. It explores musical styles from, jazz, folk and gospel.

This seven piece is said to offer a fresh take on favourite tunes from Gershwin to Stevie Wonder, along with original songs and re-inventions of gospel classics.

There are further concerts in the series.

On December 12, the University Early Music Ensemble and Chamber Choir will perform in the atrium of the university’s Creative Arts Building at 7.30pm.

On the following day, there is a lunchtime concert of string quartets and an evening recital by the University Symphonic Wind Orchestra and University Orchestra – both at St Paul’s Hall. More on those later.