After a wet, windy and foggy start to the day, the concert organisers’ prayers were answered as the sun shone down for the annual Laund Hill extravaganza which is ‘The Concert on the Hill.’
And with the weather finally set fair, the crowd once again rolled up to Salendine Nook in their hundreds, armed with enough food and drink to keep an army on the march for several days.
Lindley Band, under the baton of new Musical Director Jessica Tredrea, produced a well-balanced and varied programme, which included the popular Pirates of the Caribbean theme, Neil Diamond’s Coming to America, and Freddie Mercury’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’
Championship-winning Colne Valley Male Voice Choir opened with Paul Simon’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ before guest soloist Julia Garbutt performed two numbers from the musical Cabaret and George Gershwin’s mellifluous Summertime.
One of the most popular features of COTH in the last couple of years has been the introduction of the Lindley Junior School Choir, and once again they didn’t disappoint.
Under the direction of MD Allison North, the choir performed with four numbers, led off with Joshua Fought The Battle of Jericho, coupled with an emotive rendition of ‘The Rose’ made famous by Bette Middler from the film of the same name.
Honley Male Voice Choir delivered two fine sets which included two Lloyd Webber classics ‘Love Changes Everything’ and ‘Memory’ while the two choirs and the band opened the second half with the rousing Battle Hymn of the Republic.
A selection of Abba songs preceded the now familiar last night of the proms finale spearheaded by Julia Garbutt with a firework spectacular to end another successful evening at the YMCA.