Singers and musicians aid flood victims

Calder Valley Voices sing at the White Lion pub, Hebden Bridge.
Calder Valley Voices sing at the White Lion pub, Hebden Bridge.

Talented teens and adults are banding together for two concerts on Saturday, August 18, in aid of victims of the Calder Valley floods.

The charity concerts will be held at St Michael’s Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, at 2.15pm and 7.15pm and tickets are still available for each performance.

Eric Alston, chairman of St Michael’s Amateurs, said the event had the support of Royd Regeneration and would feature music, instrumental and comedy acts.

Those taking part include members of Calder Valley Youth Theatre, with five soloists; Calder Valley Voices, who sing classical pieces of music a cappella; acclaimed Halifax singer and actor Adam Smith; guest appearances from Halifax Amateur Operatic Society member Yvonne White and Marilyn Mitchell from Halifax Light Opera Society; the Amateurs’ musical director Peter Drinkel, a talented trombonist and Mr Alston’s wife Lesley, a clarinetist and saxophonist.

Concert goers will be asked to make a minimum donation of £5 and tickets for the show and prize raffle can be obtained from society members, by telephoning Mr Alston on 01422 883911 or from PC Solutions in Mytholmroyd.

Local firms have come up trumps with prizes, which include hairdos, a free MoT, photography portrait sitting, signed England Rugby League shirt and a canalboat cruise with gourmet Champagne lunch, while Pennine Signs have donated a banner highlighting the event. Organisers hope to raise £3,000 and aim to distribute the money via Royd Regeneration, giving £200 to 15 people and helping others to fill in forms to access the fund administered by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.