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Very sad to report that our President Jessie Jameson died on the 26th July 2017 after a long illness.

Jessie contributed hugely to our Festival for many years serving as a very effective Chair and receiving an Honorary Life Membership in recognition for her contribution.

Our condolences go to her husband Ron

2017 FESTIVAL 5th to 25th FEBRUARY 2017

The organising Committee and Helpers are all in varying states of exhaustion and will fall asleep when the adrenaline finally stops flowing. What was achieved? Well lots of smiley faces, over 3,000 as a guide, and that was just the performers. Audience support was very pleasing and clearly a great assistance to the performers and the positive experience they received.

In summary

• ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ workshop and performance. Over 160 people met as a ‘Choir of Strangers’ at 10.00 am, were intensively coached on West End Musicals until 4.00pm, and then at 5.00pm gave a public performance along with the Musica Kirklees Youth Orchestra. You may have read the very complimentary reviews published in the Huddersfield Examiner. Sounds impossible, but we made it possible.

• Special Needs Workshop. We entertained 3 Special Needs Schools for a day. It is heart-warming to see the remarkable benefit that these wonderful children receive from Music and Dance. The picnic on the floor of the Town Hall Concert Hall also went down well. Made in Leeds TV covered the event on Low Down Leeds.

• Caribbean Carnival Workshop. 900 very excited young children were entertained for a morning with Caribbean Music and Song. The resultant energy was reported as being noticeable outside the Town Hall. Just imagine what it was like inside. Made in Leeds TV covered the event on Low Down Leeds.

• Kirklees Young Musician Competition. We were entertained by some stunning players with Imogen Davey, (Flautist and a student at Greenhead College), becoming the 2017 winner. Imogen received a standing ovation when she played at the Last Night Concert.

• We provided ‘Audition Experiences’ for numerous performers from the age of 4 to 84. They perform, are adjudicated, receive verbal and written feedback on their performances across the full range of the arts. Singing, playing an instrument, drama, speech. It is all about education and encouragement.

 The Last Night Concert in front of the Mayor of Kirklees and other dignities showcased highlights from the whole Festival including the ever popular Choir Challenge won by the Peterborough Male Voice Choir.
This has been the 128th Annual Festival. The original aims were to ’promote education and development within the arts for the benefit of the community’, and are as valid now as when it was written 128 years ago.

Work has already started on the 129th Festival, with an eye on the 130th which will coincide with Mrs Sunderland’s bicentenary.

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The festival is a registered charity and organised entirely by unpaid volunteers who do this not for thanks or recognition, but because they believe it is worthwhile.