Concert tonight will support Megan

GB table tennis star Megan Shackleton
GB table tennis star Megan Shackleton

An upper Calder Valley venue will hold an evening of sparkling vocal music to light up an autumn night and support a Paralympics hopeful.

The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, presents a concert by upper voice ensemble Alyssium, mixed voice singers The 9 Bright Shiners and all-male vocal group Menfolk Waits on Saturday, November 9, to raise funds for teenage wheelchair table tennis player Megan Shackleton, who is aiming to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Alyssium will fill the air with vocal numbers springing from traditions new and old, including the premiere of two brand new works by Calderdale composer Alison West.

The 9 Bright Shiners will perform popular songs from the 1930s up to contemporary times.

Completing the line-up is Menfolk Waits, who fondly describe their eclectic repertoire as “folk, pop, Georgian, classical, jazz and extremely silly”.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “Menfolk Waits and The 9 Bright Shiners, together with Alyssium’s atmospheric, evocative and often complex vocal rhythms and harmonies - this promises to be a truly memorable evening’s music-making.”

The special performance is in support of Megan Shackleton, a year ten pupil at Todmorden High School who is working towards representing Team GB in Brazil in three years’ time.

Having been trained by coach Shaun Alvey for the past two years, she has now been selected to spend one day a week in Sheffield working with the Team GB coaches.

She has her sights firmly set on Rio, having already competed in the UK School Games in September, where she won a bronze medal at one of the London 2012 venues.

She has also recently competed at the Belgian Open international competition.

Fitting in all this alongside her GCSE programme is quite a challenge but one that Megan is determined to meet.

She said: “I can balance my studies with any amount of training when I want to be in Rio this badly.”

Tickets for Saturday’s concert priced at £8/£6 or £2 for under 18s are available on the door.

Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.

There will be a bar at the fully accessible venue.

Wheelchair users are advised to park in the top car park as they can then go straight into the auditorium.