IT IS a busy time for choirs and bands not least for Honley Male Voice Choir.

The choir is rehearsing for three engagements this month, two of which fall in just four days.

First the singers pay tribute to their ever popular organist and deputy accompanist George Marsden.

The Songs of Praise George had organised in February to celebrate his 75th birthday and his 60 years as an organist had to be cancelled because of thick snow.

Now the concert will take place on Sunday, April 11 at 6pm at the Salendine Nook Baptist Church, one of the three churches where George plays the organ for services every Sunday.

On Tuesday, April 20, the choir will join Lindley Band to sing at Huddersfield Town Hall in the annual free concert for senior citizens organised by the Huddersfield Rotary Club.

The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are available at the tourist information centre in the Huddersfield library foyer.

Their final concert date this month is on April 24 when the Honley men will renew their friendship with the Featherstone Male Voice Choir. The two choirs exchange visits each year and this year it is Featherstone’s turn to play host.

The two choirs will be joined by the Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir for a concert at Wakefield Cathedral which starts at 7pm. The three choirs will sing some joint items and will also sing their own programmes.

The concert is being sponsored by the Wakefield Hospice who are celebrating their 20th anniversary.Tickets are £7 and all proceeds will go to the hospice.