AS THEY sing in a charity concert later this month, it’s likely that the young singers of Colne Valley Boys will have plenty to think about.
For the concert at Holy Trinity Church in Huddersfield on April 20, which they will share with Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, will help raise funds for a very different group of young people.
Huddersfield’s Ruth Donaldson has close family connections with the senior choir. And it is hearing about her work with orphans in Mozambique that has inspired this money raising effort called not surprisingly, Raising Hope.
Ruth has been working voluntarily for IRIS Ministries at their base in Pemba in Mozambique for almost three years.
She is now living with, and caring for, 55 boys aged between five and 14 in what is known as “The Village of Joy”.
Their lives before they reached the project sound to have contained little joy. Many worked sifting rubbish and had no homes or families.
The youngsters from Colne Valley Boys have been hearing about these children whose lives are so different. They have decided to use their voices to help provide some simple items which will enhance the quality of other boys’ lives on the other side of the world.
In their Huddersfield concert, the boys will show the joy they get from singing with songs by Eric Clapton, Take That, Leonard Cohen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.
There’s a chance for new singers to join them too when the men from the adult choir return to schools in the area this month to sing for children and get them excited about music.
Those visits will be followed by an open evening at Slaithwaite Conservative Club, Britannia Road, in Slaithwaite on April 22 from 5.30 to 7pm where the choir hopes to see lots of potential new members.
More details on the website.