STUDENTS from the University of Huddersfield aim to warm hearts this Christmas with a string of concerts guaranteed to lift the spirits on chilly days.
The university’s Early Music Ensemble and Chamber Choir got this string of Winter Warmers’ concerts off to a start last night.
They offered O Magnum Mysterium, Advent and Christmas motets directed by John Bryan from the Golden Age of Spain.
That concert was in St Paul’s Hall as will be all the others which run next week.
On Monday, you can hear the University String Orchestra and University Brass Band in a concert at 7.30pm.
The orchestra will explore repertoire ranging from the 18th to the early 20th Century including music by Boyce and Bridge.
The Brass Band will play works by Eric Ball, Goff Richards and Dan Price. Matthew Asher will be playing a percussion feature Russky-Percussky by Goff Richards.
On Thursday (December 15), it will be the turn of the University Choir to offer A Yorkshire Christmas.
This is a lunchtime concert starting at 1.15pm and in it the choir will sing Christmas music, old and new. Listen out for music from Yorkshire and for a number of local carols.
This year, the students’ programme celebrates the Christmas season with pieces that reflect Yorkshire and its musical heritage.
On Thursday, December 15, there will be a lunchtime concert by the University Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Orchestra which will include the world premiere of a new piece by Holmfirth composer Barry Russell.
“The title of my piece, radiance dims is taken from a line in a poem by the late Janet England: ‘radiance dims, soft hues linger’,” said Barry.
“An introspective introduction is followed by a searching moderato, a mosaic of fragmented ideas.
“A chorale like passage, shadowy and unsettling, is interrupted by a rushing scherzo. The fragmented ideas return, leading to a lush and unashamedly romantic song-like section.
“A second scherzo leads to the celebratory coda, a joyous dance. The dancers vanish and the music evaporates.
The commissioner, who wants to remain anonymous, asked me to write it to celebrate the life of his partner who sadly died last year,” said Barry.
The concert is at 7.30pm and the programme includes works by Alfred Reed and David Gillingham. Benjamin Matthews will be playing Concerto for Timpani and Band by Gordon Jacob.
Tickets online from www.store.hud.ac.uk