Kirklees Concert Season Online Christmas Concert

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Get in the Christmas spirit with the University of Huddersfield Brass Ensembles this December.

The Kirklees Concert Season has looked a little different this year, and the Christmas concert is no exception. The University of Huddersfield Brass Band normally performs at both the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Hall Lunchtime concert series. Sadly, this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, these concerts are unable to take place. However, thanks to a collaboration between the University’s Computing and Engineering, Education, and Music departments, the show will go on!

This year due to the restrictions, the University Brass Band formed ensembles to record their Christmas Concert, which will be available for all to view on the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s YouTube channel. The concert will feature a range of festive favourites such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night, and even Somewhere in My Memory from the Christmas classic movie – Home Alone.

To really get you into the Christmas spirit, there will be a sing-along featuring the childhood classics Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. To accompany the concert, there will be a festive quiz available for families and care home residents, and worksheets for schools, these can be downloaded from the LBT’s website.

Cllr Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture and Environment, said:

“We are very grateful to all involved in making the Christmas Concert a reality this year. Only through working together has it been possible to organise an alternative programme to keep the Lunchtime Concert Series going.

“This concert along with Gordon Stewart’s Christmas concert will spread some much needed festive cheer to people all across Kirklees.”

Professor Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, commented:

“We are really pleased to support the Kirklees Concert Season. The University Brass Band looks forward to this annual festive event and it is great to see that by working together we are able to ensure that the show will go on!”

Tune in to the LBT’s YouTube channel on Monday 14 December at 1pm for the premiere of the University of Huddersfield Brass Ensemble’s Christmas Concert. This concert, along with Gordon Stewart’s Christmas Concert (available from 7 December) and the rest of the online series, will continue to be available to view on the LBT’s YouTube channel.