By Trevor Briggs

A charity concert featuring Gledholt Male Voice Choir has raised £1,355 split between two charities.

The event at Scapegoat Hill Baptist Church was sponsored by Brian Holmes whose grandson, Jamie Murrant, sings in the choir.

The 32-year-old from Golcar suffered very serious head and multiple injuries in a road accident in 2015 and doctors feared he would never walk or possibly even talk again.

But Jamie showed his Yorkshire grit and is both walking and talking along with working and singing in a choir.

He joined Gledholt Male Voice Choir which is why the charity concert was raising money for the charity Headway which helped his family in the immediate aftermath of the accident.

Headway specialises in supporting people who have sustained serious life changing brain injuries and their families. The money raised was split with Dementia Care Kirklees and Calderdale which is organised through Age Concern.


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The church was provided free of charge with the church community helping to run the event.

Brian wanted to help continue the tradition of singing in Scapegoat Hill and the surrounding area and this was heightened after he recognised that joining the choir had greatly helped Jamie’s continuing recovery.

The concert’s conductor was Gledholt Male Voice Choir’s musical director James Morgan and the accompanist was Jane Robertson.

The soloists were the choir’s baritone, Dave Haigh, who sang his own composition, Heart of Orion, Phil Brew, Mike Shaw, James Morgan and Dave Barnett.

Well-known songs performed by the choir included Bohemian Rhapsody, The Wind Beneath My Wings, Mr Blue Sky, Pirate King from Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera The Pirates Of Penzance, Hi Ho Silver Lining, Sweet Caroline, Rhythm of Life and the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness.