Rotary’s Christmas concert hits high notes for charity

lland Silver Youth Band and Hospice Hi-Notes singing 12 Days of Xmas.
lland Silver Youth Band and Hospice Hi-Notes singing 12 Days of Xmas.

An audience of hundreds celebrated Christmas early at the Rotary’s annual concert in Halifax Minster.

More than 300 people braved the weather to enjoy performances by the Elland Silver Youth Band, the Halifax Young Singers, the Rotary Young Musician Bertie Yates, Ryburn Academy Dancers and the Hospice Hi-Notes at the Christmas celebration last weekend.

Hospice Hi-Notes

Hospice Hi-Notes

The event, sponsored by Investec, is expected to raise over £6,000 for Overgate Hospice and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Guests included deputy Lord Lieutenant Christine Harris, High Sheriff Edward Anderson, the Mayor of Calderdale Coun Lisa Lambert and her consort Ken Lambert and Rotary district governor Hazel Haas.

They were entertained by a variety of festive music, song, and dance, compered by Canon Hilary Barber.

The Halifax Young Singer, Zachary Smith, opened the concert with a first verse solo of Once in Royal David’s City, followed by the remaining Halifax Young Singers who then performed the first of two sets.

Halifax Young Singers preparing for their second set

Halifax Young Singers preparing for their second set

Peter Lloyd, chairman of the planning committee said: “The Ryburn Junior Dance Academy provided an energetic performance of The Wizard of Oz with the Senior 
Dance Academy equally energetically performing a Christmas Medley in the second 
half.

“The Rotary Young Musician Bertie Yates, accompanied by pianist Craig Cockerill, starred with his powerful performance of Out There from The Hunchback of Notre Dame which was enthusiastically received by the audience.

“The Hospice Hi-Notes sang three festive songs before engaging the audience in a very lively rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas.

“It is the third year that the concert has enjoyed the very talented Elland Silver Youth Band.

Elland Silver Youth Band taking a bow

Elland Silver Youth Band taking a bow

“The joyful variety of their two sets is always well received, and the euphonium solo by Megan Reynolds highlighted just why the band will be performing in the European Youth Brass Band Championships in France next May.”

Rotary President, Andrew Waite, thanked everyone for their support.

He said: “The concert was great success with a large audience enjoying and appreciating enthusiastically high quality music and dance.”

Next year’s concert will be on Saturday, December 11.

Ryburn Junior Dance Academy - The Wizard of Oz

Ryburn Junior Dance Academy - The Wizard of Oz