THERE’S a new season of concerts in store from Holmfirth Choral Society and a new man in charge.
Dr Geoffrey Lockwood takes over for his first concert as conductor and musical director and John S Bailey takes over for his first concert as the society’s accompanist.
The change is not too much of a shock to the system – Dr Lockwood has long been the society’s accompanist and steps out from the keyboard to pick up the baton from long-time conductor Kenneth Rothery.
The choir’s first concert under this new leadership is at Holmfirth Civic Hall tomorrow and marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mendelssohn.
The singers notch up another milestone with the choice of one of his lesser-known works, The First Walpurgis Night which they are singing for the first time.
“This is the first performance in Holmfirth and possibly in the Huddersfield area so far as I know,” said Geoffrey Lockwood.
The programme will also include Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.
The concert at Holmfirth Civic Hall begins at 7.15pm. Tickets are from the Holmfirth Information Centre, on the door or telephone 01484 687643.
Soloists are Barbara Brook (contralto), David Gee (tenor) and John Ramsdin (baritone), who will each contribute an item from Mendelssohn's Elijah. The two men will also sing Bizet’s Pearl Fishers duet.