Poetry-gospel fusion at Elmet concert

There is an exciting collaboration in the valley next weekend when The Three Valleys Gospel choir team up with three local poets, supported by The Elmet Trust, to create a unique evening of words and music.

“During last year’s Ted Hughes’ Festival we booked Scottish jazz musicians accompanied by a poet,” said poet and Director of The Elmet Trust, Mark Hinchliffe.

“It was such an unusual event that we decided to look to local musicians to collaborate this year and we are delighted with the results, especially as it is the last year that The Three Valleys choir will be directed by Dave Barker.”

The choir’s music ranges from traditional Black American/South African spirituals to more modern gospel, soul, pop and fusions originally sung by artist such as Paul Simon, Curtis Mayfield and Jackie Wilson.

In between the songs will be poetry performances by local poets Mark Hinchliffe, Charlotte Wetton and Ben Allison.

Taking inspiration from the words and music they will weave their own poems to reflect, contrast and compliment one art form with another.

David Barker is leaving his directorship of The Three Valleys choir this summer to take up a post overseas and he couldn’t have picked a more interesting challenge for his last season.

The evening kicks off on Saturday, May 5, at 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church Hall, Church Street, Mytholmroyd. Tickets are £5, available on the door.

All proceeds will benefit The Elmet Trust.

There will be a bar and light refreshments available.