Honley Ladies Choir have produced a hauntingly beautiful tribute to the fallen ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The women took to the top of Castle Hill to perform The Bed, a poem written by Huddersfield-born poet laureate Simon Armitage.

The poem was set to music by Simeon Wood and the choir recorded a video performance on Castle Hill and at St Paul’s Church in Armitage Bridge.

The performance was then turned into an eight-minute video by the choir’s musical director Emily Reaves-Bradley.

The video, which can be watched by clicking on the image below, includes emotive images from the First World War, scattered poppies and drone shots of Victoria Tower.

The poem was composed to mark the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior and charts how the fallen soldier is transported from being “broken and sleeping rough in a dirt grave” to being buried “among drowsing poets and dozing saints” in Westminster Abbey.

Commenting on the creation of the video, Clr Will Simpson, Cabinet member for culture and greener Kirklees, said: “Honley Ladies Choir recently got in touch to share the video with the team here at Kirklees Council. We thought it was such a touching piece of work that it deserved to be seen far and wide.

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“The creativity shown by the amazing communities and groups like Honley Ladies Choir here in Kirklees, demonstrate the skills, passion and talent in our region, which will be central to our work as we develop the Kirklees Year of Music 2023 programme.”

To find out more about Honley Ladies Choir please visit: https://www.honleyladies.org/ 

To find out more about Kirklees Year of Music 2023, please visit: https://www.musicinkirklees.co.uk/