Choirs and orchestra unite for a concert of carols and more

AS letters to Santa wend their way north and festive decorations are beginning to appear all round the town, the countdown to Christmas day is well under way.

At the end of the final weekend before Christmas, Todmorden folk can look forward to an atmospheric concert of Christmas music on Sunday, December 18, at 7.30pm given in the Town Hall by the combined forces of Todmorden Orchestra, Todmorden Choral Society and Todmorden Youth choir.

The Todmorden Orchestra, under their conductor Nick Concannon-Hodges, will be performing some of Dvorak’s lively Slavonic Dances to get us in the mood for celebration, and also the slippery “Skaters’ Waltz” by Waldteufel.

Todmorden Choral Society, under its musical director Antony Brannick will perform a selection of Christmas carol music some familiar, such as the wonderful old German song “In Dulci Jubilo” arranged by Pearsall, and others less so, such as some traditional Yorkshire gallery carols.

The Youth choir led by Richard Pomfret and Daniel Bath will continue the Christmas theme and also showcase the splendid talent that lies within this up-coming choir.

Also featured will be the popular “Walking in the Air” arranged by Lawrence Killian, with soloist Sally Deith and not forgetting a solo first verse of “Once in Royal David’s City” sung by Marilyn Sutcliffe.

As always, the audience will not be expected to sit quietly...there will be a range of well-known favourite carols and music which will require the roof to be lifted with lusty singing!

All in all a lively and evocative programme of music which should ensure a full audience and get everyone in the mood for the last week up to Christmas Day.

Tickets can be obtained from choir and orchestra members or from Todmorden Information Centre priced at £8, concessions £6 and accompanied children £1.