FOR a real saxy Christmas head for Armitage Bridge next week in the company of musicians and singers from Honley.

Honley Ladies Choir will host a Christmas concert at Armitage Bridge Church.

Always renowned from coming up with different musical ideas, the choir is joined for this concert by the rich sound of the saxophone.

Jen Hewitt, a post graduate student from Huddersfield University and local saxophone teacher, set up the Honley Saxophone Choir over two years ago to provide ensemble playing opportunities for her students.

Some are new to the saxophone. Some are players returning to the instrument while others just want to hone their existing skills and have some fun.

The saxophone group has gone from strength to strength playing a wide variety of music both swing and classical.

Next Thursday’s audience at Armitage Bridge will hear samples of each.

“It’s wonderful to be able to play music together like this.” said Jen.

“It’s a great challenge but it brings out the best in us. We are really looking forward to this concert.”

As well as HLC and the Saxophone Choir the evening will feature the well known magician, Phillip Horn, this time in the role of compere and raconteur. The sad tale of an orphaned polar bear is likely to bring a tear to the eye and one of Gervais Phinn’s best loved Christmas stories will add a touch of humour.

The audience will have to sing for their supper by joining in traditional carols.

Honley Ladies Choir has a big project on its hands. It is involved in a Military Wives’ style massed choirs project which will involved 250 women singing on stage in Huddersfield Town Hall next spring in aid of the Yorkshire Regiment’s Benevolent Fund.

A Saxy Christmas is at 7.30pm in St Paul’s Church on Thursday, December 6. Tickets, including refreshments, are £8.00, £6.00 concessions on 01484 307189 or on the door.