Minster setting for Halifax musician’s work

Overgate Hospice Choir which was formed for a one-off concert in 1991. Twenty years on, the choir is still thriving and has helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Elland hospice. They are performing at Central Methodist Church on March 19
Overgate Hospice Choir which was formed for a one-off concert in 1991. Twenty years on, the choir is still thriving and has helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Elland hospice. They are performing at Central Methodist Church on March 19

The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be commemorated on Saturday, October 18, with a special concert at Halifax Minster.

The concert ‘Lest We Forget’ will feature Overgate Hospice Choir, the National Festival Orchestra, conductor Simon Lindley and organist Alan Horsey.

The programme will include the first modern performance of Herman van Dyk’s setting of the 23rd Psalm - The Lord is My Shepherd.

Herman van Dyk was a professor of music, conductor and composer who moved to Halifax in about 1890. He was born in Holland and gained his music diploma from the Conservatoire in Leipzig.

He married a Halifax girl, Kate Hamilton, and set up home in Carlton Terrace. He became conductor of Halifax Orchestral Society and composed works for the piano, violin and cello. Together with Kate, he performed more than 400 recitals for two pianos in the North Midlands and Northern Ireland.

He became a naturalised British subject in 1914 and acted as an interpreter for Belgian refugees fleeing to England during WWI. He died in 1940 at the age of 74.

The concert starts at 7pm and tickets at £12 are available from 01422 345414 or from Overgate Hospice.