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Singing treat; Choral.

THERE'S a chance this weekend to hear the Hepton Singers, a small chamber choir based in the heart of the Pennines.

The group, directed by Roger Scaife, head of music at a Huddersfield school, and by Alison West, will perform their summer concert tomorrow at Heptonstall Parish Church at 8pm.

The singers are known for their choice of interesting and unusual music, selected by Roger and Alison, and tomorrow's concert programme will illustrate that perfectly.

They will sing a 17th century madrigal by Gesualdo with the rest of the programme comprising music from the 20th century and from mainly English composers including Imogen Holst, Benjamin Britten, Alan Bush, Alan Bullard and Howard Skempton.

The choir, which has more than 30 singers, has had several overseas' concert tours and as a result of the most recent exchange, with a choir in Budapest, Roger has introduced five Hungarian folk songs by Zoltan Kodaly into the programme.

The Singers have also been introduced to Lidice, a work written by Alan Bush, in memory of an entire vill age community in Czechoslovakia which was wiped out by German troops in 1942 on the orders of Adolf Hitler.

There is work too from Benjamin Britten and from Imogen Holst who acted as music assistant to Britten and later became artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Tickets for the concert are pounds 8 (pounds 6 concessions, students pounds 1) on the door.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2008
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