IT IS one of Huddersfield’s pre-Christmas traditions.

And though this year’s annual performance of Handel's 'Messiah' at Parkwood Methodist Church will include many of the traditional elements that have made it a favourite event with music-lovers, it also includes a number of firsts.

At the performance on Sunday (November 25), soprano Derrianne Byrne and tenor Chris Knight – who have both recently studied at Huddersfield University – will both be singing 'Messiah' for the first time.

And Ken Brown, a member of Huddersfield Choral Society will be the first male alto to sing at Parkwood in the event’s 50-year history.

The bass solo part will be taken by John Rankin who is a well known local soloist.

The performance of Messiah will be conducted by Gareth Beaumont who is himself a long serving member of Huddersfield Choral Society.

The accompanist will be Dr Geoffrey Lockwood, the conductor of Holmfirth Choral Society.

The performance will be led by an augmented choir and commences at 6.15pm.

All are welcome.