IT IS a concert hall renowned for its wonderful acoustic and the quality of its concerts.
Little wonder that Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir is thrilled to be singing there tomorrow in its first concert at Huddersfield Town Hall for many years.
Its guests tomorrow will be the world class girls’ choir Cantamus from Mansfield plus Michael Dodd, solo euphonium player with top band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir are past National Champions and past Llangollen Eisteddfod winners.
The choir, which has more than 70 members, is based as its name suggests in the village of Bolsterstone which stands on high ground between the Stocksbridge and Ewden Valleys.
The choir was founded in the 1930s and was initially closely allied with the parish church of St Mary’s in Bolsterstone.
It was members of the church choir, led by choirmaster William Evans, who formed the nucleus of the infant choir.
Many of those who sang in the choir were men from the nearby steel works at Stocksbridge which, at one point, employed thousands.
It is said that 30 years ago 80% of the male voice choir members were men from the works.
These days, they are just as likely to come from Upper Denby, Thurstonland and other parts of Kirklees as well as those from the Sheffield area.
For many years the choir has staged successful concerts in the Sheffield area which geographically is its nearest big city neighbour.
But the town hall in Huddersfield has a reputation among musicians and its pull has proved irresistible to Bolsterstone who are glad to be back on the concert stage which is admired nationally.
Their guests, Cantamus Girls Choir was founded in 1968 by Pamela Cook, who is still the choir’s director.
It has a repertoire of around 250 items all sung from memory in 13 languages and ranging from contemporary music to folk song.
The choir comprises 44 girls aged between 13 and 19 who attend various schools in the locality.
Their talent over the years has won the choir numerous awards. It has won 26 first prizes and six second prizes in 27 international choral festivals.
Those include the Grand Prix (Riva del Garda); BBC Choir Of The Year (twice); Choir of the World (Llangollen Eisteddfod), championships and gold medals at the World Choir Olympics (Bremen 2004 and Xiamen 2006).
In the Voyage of Songs international choral festival held in Penang in 2009, the choir won three first prizes, plus the overall Grand Prix.
Pamela Cook was awarded the Outstanding Conductor Award.
Recently the choir has returned from the Heart of Europe competition in Gelnhausen, Germany, with first and second prizes.
The choir has toured extensively with 30 overseas trips to Japan, China, Israel, USA and Canada,Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Estonia and Finland.
The Bolsterstone men have worked hard in the run-up to the concert, flying the flag in Huddersfield for a male voice choir which though highly successful, has seldom been heard in the town in recent years.
But with many members from the Huddersfield area they were keen to sing here and have even been over to hand out flyers to encourage people to turn out and support them tomorrow.
The choir wants to make this a memorable concert in more ways than one.
That is why they say that proceeds will go to the Help for Heroes charity.
The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets on sale from the Town Hall online and by telephone, priced at £10, £12 and £15.
Why not get along to the Town Hall tomorrow and show Bolsterstone the warm welcome musical groups can expect here?