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The 130th Annual Mrs Sunderland Festival will take place on the 3rd and then 13th to 23 February 2019. It will be a very special event not only as it is the 130th Festival, but also as 2019 is the bicentenary of the birth of Mrs Sunderland.

We constantly aim to keep the festival up to date and relevant to current trends and styles. To this aim there will be a whole raft of new Classes, including new choir classes (school age and adult) and an adult class for choirs to share their festive programmes. Over 4,000 people, (adults and children), entered and performed at the 2018 Festival and we anticipate a further increase for 2019.

‘Classes’ provide an audition experience to assist performer’s development. They perform on a professional stage and receive verbal and written constructive feedback on their performance from highly qualified adjudicators. If their performance is deemed of sufficient standard they may even go home with some silverware!

Other highlights:-

• “Sing Hallelujah with the Huddersfield Choral Society”. A Workshop and public performance of elements from Handel’s Messiah. We anticipate a 300+ choir for the performance which will be backed by the Musica Kirklees Orchestra. Workshop Leader Gregory Batsleer.
• ‘Children's Workshop’. 1,100 excited young children will be having the time of their lives during that morning. You will sense the energy outside the Town Hall while this is running. There will be an evening concert performed by some of the children which will be open to a public audience. The concert is normally a complete sell out so early booking is advised!
• ‘Special Needs Day’. This event will again be supported by The Dark Horse Theatre, the format that worked so well in 2018. We anticipate all local Special Needs Schools to be attending. Do come along to see just what these wonderful children can achieve.
• ‘Music for the Brain Tea Dance’. New for 2019 and developed in conjunction with The Alzheimer’s Society. Guests will have the opportunity to watch, sing and dance to the Musica Kirklees Big Band and enjoy tea and cake in the magnificent Huddersfield Town Hall, Concert Hall.
• ‘Kirklees Young Musician’. Young people who were either locally born, or undertaking their musical education here are invited to compete for this prestigious award. The standard of performance is invariably exceedingly high. The winner receiving not only the trophy, but also a £1,000 prize to spend on their continued musical education.
• To commemorate the 130th Annual Festival and Mrs Sunderland’s bicentenary we have in conjunction with the Huddersfield Choral Society commissioned Will Todd to compose a new choral work which will be premiered by the Huddersfield Choral Society during our Last Night Concert.

For further details visit and view ‘GALLERY’ to get a feel of the atmosphere at the Festival.

The festival is a charity run entirely by unpaid volunteers who do not seek thanks or recognition, but because they believe it is truly worthwhile.