Festival starts with a tribute to Justin

PENNINE Spring Music gets off to an unprecedented start this year thanks to a unique performance by a host of Opera North singers.

Sixteen company members have united for a memorial concert to remember their friend and colleague Justin Miles Olden, who died on June 6, 2010, of Meningitis aged just 38.

The performers have given their own time to raise funds to combat the disease and to create a memorable launch night for the annual music festival based in Heptonstall.

Their programme includes an eclectic selection of Mozart, Bizet, Sondheim, Beethoven and Mancini, in what is sure to be a heartfelt performance.

The event will be compered by David Owen-Lewis, a colleague who fondly remembers Spring Bank Holiday performances with him in Heptonstall Parish Church.

Pennine Spring Music takes place from May 30 to Sunday June 4.

The series of concerts bring together players and singers from all over Britain for a week of music-making.

The festival will culminate in an orchestral and choral concert of Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 Op 21 in C major and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3 K447 in E-Flat major, as well as Haydyn’s Missa Cellensis in C.

The concert takes place on Monday, May 30, and tickets are available on the door only, there is no pre-booking. Doors open at Heptonstall Parish Church at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.

All proceeds go to Meningitis UK and more information about the disease and symptoms are available at www.meningitisuk.org