A LAST-GASP run on tickets allowed Halifax Young Singers to beat their £5,000 target for Overgate Hospice.
About 200 singers of all ages, from all parts of the country and from several Calderdale singing groups, had been busy rehearsing for a rendition of Karl Jenkins’s inspiring work The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, performed at Halifax Minster.
They knew advance ticket sales had generated more than £2,000 for the hospice but were delighted when about 200 more people turned up shortly before the performance was due to start, swelling both the audience and the Overgate coffers.
The event was masterminded by Halifax Young Singers, whose administrator Sue Rosborough said: “We made the magnificent sum of £5,500 for Overgate. We would like to thank the Calderdale community for their support.
“Lynn Hudson, the young singers’ musical director, gave a lovely introduction to the performance, saying it was putting ‘The Big Society’ into practice, with people of all ages coming together, giving their time and talents for a good cause,” she said.
Lynn’s husband Thom Meredith, principal of Kirklees Music School and music director of Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted the performance, which included singers from Overgate Hospice Choir, Calderdale Singing Initiative Halifax and Halifax Choral Society.
The oldest female singer was Sue Rosborough’s mum, Pam Ellice-Clark, 81.
Two Halifax families, the Rosboroughs and the Rawsons, each had members from three generations either singing and playing in the orchestra.