Christmas concert strikes a chord

Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band
Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band

MUSIC lovers are tuning up for a fantastic Christmas with the visit of the famous Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band to Batley.

This will be the fifth year that the band – now featured among the “big boys” of the brass band world – will be providing a stirring start to the Christmas season.

There was a somewhat lukewarm reception for the first show arranged by the band but, because of its superb expertise, musical ability and showmanship the demand for concert tickets has grown annually to make this one of the near sell-out events of the year.

This year’s concert, at Batley Town Hall on December 1, will see the band kindle the Christmas theme with such popular numbers as Santa Claus is coming to town, Santa Baby and the Ukrainian Bell Carol.

And once again they will be supported by the enthusiastic and talented members of Batley Parish School Singing Group conducted by Kate Delaney.

The youngsters will not only perform a number of festive items but help lead the carol singing which is a feature of each half of the programme.

The band, conducted by Mirfield resident Morgan Griffiths, has just recorded another CD called The Sorceror’s Apprentice which will be out until the New Year.

Tickets for the Christmas show, priced at £10 (concessions £8) can be obtained from the Town Hall or from the band’s publicity manager, the Birstall based Ted Griffiths, call 01924 478933.