By Val Javin

It’s time to celebrate Spring with music from two Huddersfield groups who are proving themselves to be in winning form.

Marsh Ladies Choir is celebrating a win at this year’s Mrs Sunderland Music Festival which saw it collect the Joseph Hancock Trophy for its first place in one of the choir classes. The choir also picked up a second place in a further singing class.

Lindley Band are also in successful competitive form. Their playing in a very competitive Section 2 of the Yorkshire Championships at Huddersfield Town Hall earlier this month won them a third placing securing the band’s promotion back to Section 1.

Add to that a best Principal Cornet Trophy in the same competition for Lindley Band’s Bethany Moore and it’s little wonder that there’s likely to be more than a little extra spring in the playing – and singing – of both these music making groups when they combine their talents in a concert on Sunday March 24 at 2.30pm.

Both groups are delighted to be on home turf when Marsh Ladies Choir host the band at Lindley Methodist Church for this afternoon concert which has a programme packed with bright, fresh sounds guaranteed to make it feel like Spring.

The choir’s programme will include Musica Dei, one of the pieces which saw them in trophy winning form at the Mrs Sunderland Festival. There are show tunes which will whisk the audience off to New York, New York, watch the choir Puttin’ On The Ritz or see the singers trying out Gershwin For Girls.

Ian Abbott, the choir’s musical director will conduct with Kim Kaye as accompanist.

The choir’s guests, Lindley Band, will be conducted by musical director Alan Widdop. The band was founded in the mid 1800s making it one of the oldest bands in the UK. It has close links within the community of Lindley sharing close bonds and traditions with other local organisations, churches and schools within the area.

The band’s trophy winning cornet player, Bethany Moore, who trained for four years at the Royal Northern College of Music, will be featured in the concert playing a slow melody called A Search For Peace.

The programme will also feature another of the band’s musicians Richard Jones playing soprano cornet solo in a piece called Flowerdale.

Tickets are available on the door or phone: 07712 767041.