Minster Christmas Celebration

Dancers from Ryburn Dance Academy
Dancers from Ryburn Dance Academy
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Christmas was celebrated in chorus with an audience of hundreds in a Rotary Christmas concert at Halifax Minster.

Over 300 people enjoyed performances by Elland Silver Youth Band, Halifax Young Singers, Halifax Rotary Club’s senior young musician James Kenny, Hospice High Notes and Ryburn Dance Academy in the Saturday December 14 Christmas Celebration concert.

The concert was the first of its kind organised by Halifax Rotary Club.

Canon Hilary Barber compered the concert.

Guests included deputy lieutenant Mrs Christine Harris, high sheriff Mrs Virginia Lloyd, Mayor of Calderdale coun Ann Martin (Brighouse, Lab), and her consort Mohammed Naeem, and Rotary district governor Mr Mark Stewart-Clarke.

The concert was sponsored Eastwood and Partners and Orchard Energy Group, Elland.

All proceeds will be donated to Overgate Hospice, Elland, and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Huddersfield.

Rotary president Phillip Lloyd said: “The concert was a great success with an enthusiastic and appreciative audience enjoying high quality music and dance.

“Carols were sung by all and the audience joined in with a most entertaining version of The Twelve Days of Christmas lead by Overgate Hospice High Notes.”

Mr Lloyd said Halifax Young Singers gave an amusing performance of ‘What Have They Done to Christmas’ - contrasted with a more serious performance of ‘Waes Hail!’ arranged by Barry Russell.

Flugal horn musician Daniel Clough played a solo of ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’.

James Kenny - Halifax Rotary senior young musician 2013, gave an organ recital of ‘I Saw Three Ships’.

Mr Lloyd said: “The young dancers from Ryburn Dance Academy brought an energetic and visual dimension to the concert with a foot tapping Christmas Medley.”

Rachel Sheils, Overgate’s medical director and Peter Branson, chief executive of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice spoke about the charities work.

The concert will be made an annual celebration.