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Musical mixture.

For a mix of musical styles head for St Paul's Hall next weekend for a concert which couples Sing and Swing.

Holme Valley Singers are delighted to have as their guests, a Leeds-based quartet of singers, Jazz Firm.

The four are all members of the White Rosettes, a ladies barbershop ensemble.

Jazz Firm, which they founded in 1999, gives them the opportunity to mix their repertoire which is why next weekend you will hear them sing traditional barbershop songs as well as jazz standards - all a cappella.

The quartet, though comparatively newly formed, are already winning fans and awards. Last year they were gold medal winners at a convention in Harrogate for LABBS, the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers

Though Leeds-based, they have strong musical connections with the Huddersfield area and that's all down to Alison Jones, one of the singers.

Her dad, Griff Jones happens to be the accompanist for Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir and her sisters, Sally Rammel and Rachel Billington are members of Holme Valley Singers.

Singing alongside Alison are Uli Grigoleit, Sally McLean and Jenny Share.

Sisterly pride should work in both directions at the St Paul's concert.

It's actually been quite a year for the Holme Valley Singers too. They are still enjoying the success they had at this year's Mrs Sunderland competition where they were not only judged Kirklees Choir of the Year but went on to win the competition's Choir Challenge.

Later in the summer they hope to have their voices heard once again on radio with a further slot on Radio 4's Morning Service.

Hear them first on Saturday, June 19 at St Paul's (7.30pm) led by conductor Jim Morgan and accompanied by Jane Robertson.

A donation from the concert proceeds will be made to the Forget-Me-Not Trust which is raising funds to build a children's hospice in the area.

Tickets from Kirklees Information Centre or from choir members.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2004
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