What a cracking concert was held last Saturday. (5th December). A good-sized audience at Saint James in Slaithwaite were treated to a brilliant afternoon of Christmas music.
Here we see the Kirklees Junior Brass Band
. They might be young but they certainly didn’t sound like beginners. They were great, working with conductor, Alexandra Kenyon
, not at their head but giving her cues, sitting at the front, playing her own instrument.
Our very own junior division, Colne Valley Boys
get better every year - so ably supported by that terrific accompanist, Chris Pulleyn
and the skilled musical leadership of Thom Meredith
. Much praise, too, should go to Linda and Matt Houston
who work tirelessly to organise and support the boys and their activities
The boys sometimes split into two groups. Here we see the ‘Senior Group’ about to sing the Billy Joel number; ‘Uptown Girl’.
The newly-formed but very excellent Kirklees Teachers’ Choir
, ranged from the challenging Mozart piece, Ave Verum Corpus'
to the differently demanding, ‘Your Love keeps on Lifting Me ...Higher and Higher
’ in which many choir members took on solo lines.
They came back onstage to join the Senior Group in an arrangement of the Charles Trenet
number, ‘La Mer
’. Or Beyond the Sea
, as it’s called in the English version the Choirs performed with a gentle swing.
The ‘Youth Choir’ sang as a mini-ensemble, too, with gusto, great charm and lots of skill.
When all the boys sang together as one group they were very effective, managing to overcome the difficulties of mixing voices at different stages of development – the boys range in age from 8 to 18 – to create an excellent blend and a delivery with ever-improving precision and performance levels. There’s a lot of talent in this choir - not least in that they are able to provide the violin obligato to ‘Walking in the Air’ and many other solo contributions from within their own ranks.