GLEDHOLT Male Voice Choir raised a glass last year to its diamond jubilee.
But so successful was one particular part of the celebrations, that the singers have decided to do it all again, which is why the choir’s second Real Ale Festival opens today.
It is not unusual for those who sing in male voice choirs to sign off their rehearsals with a trip to the pub. So a beer festival which includes a Big Sing is a perfect fund-raising event.
With last year’s festival first declared a success, the Gledholt singers have arranged a second event.
The event opens at 6pm tonight at the Bistro at Heritage Lofts, Wellington Mills at Oakes (6pm to 11pm) and continues tomorrow (midday through until closing time) and there’s what’s being called a “drinking up” session on Sunday (midday until 3pm).
Fifteen real ales will be available including the festival beer, Gledholt Guzzler 11 brewed by Mallinson’s brewery, a stone’s throw from Heritage Mills.
Tonight, the music will be provided by a pianist and tomorrow, there will be a repeat of last year’s successful Big Sing.
The Gledholt men hope to top last year’s 50 singers representing six choirs who packed the Bistro for an impromptu concert.
The choir will again be giving a taste of their musical skills and hope members of other choirs might want to join them.
Food and entertainment will be available on all three days.
The choir has a history of raising money for charity and this year is supporting Kirklees Music School which works with young people, encouraging them to play music.
The Kirklees Music School Orchestra will be guest artists at the choir’s annual gala concert at Huddersfield Town Hall on May 14.