TITLE: Yorkshire Cancer Research ‘Spring Concert’

VENUE: Huddersfield Town Hall

BY: Suzanne Smelt

DESPITE the weather it felt as if the sun was shining down on us as we enjoyed a concert of wonderful musical performances in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Warmed up by the energetic opening march played by The Hade Edge Brass Band (Brass Factor Winners 2012), conducted by Simon Wood, we were ready to participate in their crowd-pleasing Viennese set. This had us clapping and swaying, but the best was yet to come.

Pop favourites such as Thriller, Don’t Blame It On The Boogie and Greased Lightning turned up the heat with awesome cornet and trombone combos, surging rhythms and a dynamic leader who had all of us singing and rockin’ along!

Champion of local music-making Thom Meredith conducted the colourfully clothed choir (amassed from eight ladies’ choirs) with authority. As a result the ensemble and diction from over 150 voices were excellent.

The expressive impact of Bridge Over Troubled Water was a highlight. Colourful harmonies radiated from Irish Blessing and the music was infused with rich soprano tones in For The Beauty Of The Earth.

Great to see some choir members singing from memory. All appeared to know the music inside-out. Believe in yourselves ladies! You can do it, so next time no copies on stage!

World renowned soprano Lynn Dawson included songs by Schubert, Mozart and Fauré.

Her velvety voice was complimented by the pure sound of local singing sensation Sarah Ogden in two operatic duets. Additionally, Sarah’s performances benefited from much preparation. Outstanding piano accompaniment was provided by Jonathan Fisher.

This uplifting music left us glowing as we ventured into the unseasonably chilly night.