DEPUTY headteacher Emma Binns is preparing to welcome new children to Lindley Junior School.
And she’s a new girl herself – for Emma has just been named as the new accompanist to New Mill Male Voice Choir, succeeding Anne Levitt.
Emma loves accompanying the renowned children’s choir who have made several star turns on the TV.
She has worked with ladies choirs and many musical groups. But Emma was keen to work with a male voice choir because the vocal range of a male choir is wider than for children or ladies, which makes for a very rich, exciting sound.
It’s not the first time Emma has worked with the choir. She has substituted for Anne Levitt before and had no hesitation in accepting when the role was offered.
Emma said: “ New Mill members are like one big family and arrange lots of social activities.
“I went to the choir’s farewell party for Anne and the atmosphere was terrific.
“There were all sorts of party pieces, including Rolling Stones lookalikes, folk singing, classical pieces and songs in the Welsh language, in Anne’s honour, and so much friendship.
“The welcome given to me has been fantastic – it’s like having 50 dads and granddads looking out for me.
“The only problem is learning everyone’s name, but I’m getting there!
“The men really love their singing and I look forward to many happy years working with them.
“I also look forward to working closely with Musical Director, Alan Brierley, who is a gifted musician and so easy to get on with.”
New Mill Choir has its annual Huddersfield Town Concert on October 20 and the guests this year will be The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment.