MORE than 1,600 singers from across the UK gathered in the Royal Albert Hall to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Choirs from Huddersfield and Calderdale were well represented in the Festival Of Brass And Voices.
It is thought that the North provided members of more than 30 male voice choirs and about 20 ladies’ choirs to add to this spectacular concert.
The singers shared the platform with Brighouse and Rastrick and Grimethorpe Bands conducted by William Relton.
The chorusmaster and assistant musical director was Malcolm Fairless, who sings in Huddersfield Choral Society and is a former musical director of Gledholt Male Voice Choir.
Choirs from the Huddersfield area taking part were The Moorland Singers, U3A Huddersfield Ladies, Almondbury Ladies’ Choir, Gledholt Male Voice Choir, Elland Male Voice Choir, Denby Dale Ladies’ Choir, Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir and Penistone Ladies’ Choir.
The festival is held every three years and for Elland Male Voice Choir, this year’s event has a special significance.
The choir, which is the only male voice choir in Calderdale, is celebrating its 60th anniversary and was delighted to be in the Royal Albert Hall during their milestone year.
The programme included the Hallelujah Chorus ( from Handel’s Messiah), Pomp and Circumstance No1, the Overture – Rule Britannia and Deep Harmony, the hymn tune, dedicated to all touched by cancer.