Pennine Spring Music celebrating 30 years

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Amateur musicians from Southampton to Scotland, Lincolnshire to Bristol will all come together to make music in Heptonstall for the Pennine Spring Music festival during late Spring bank holiday week May 25 to 30.

Once again the festival - in its 30th year - will offer a varied range of music for all visitors to enjoy including Choral, Orchestral and Wind Chamber.

There will be three public performances on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with young musicians taking lead roles in all concerts.

The first concert on Tuesday, May 26, features Handel’s Coronation Anthems 1 & 3 performed by the combined orchestra and choir, Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with mother daughter soloists Elizabeth and Becky Taylor, Britten’s Matinees Musicales Op 24 and Beethoven’s Symphony 5.

Elizabeth Taylor was born in Calderdale and joined Pennine Spring Orchestra whilst still at school playing violin in the orchestra every year the festival has been running, being leader for most of those years. She now teaches violin and viola at a school in Lincolnshire and plays regularly with local groups there.

Taking the joint solo role is Becky, her daughter, who is a music scholar at Stamford High School, attends the Royal College of Music Junior Department on Saturdays, and plays in the viola section of the National Youth Orchestra.

Other young musicians will also be participating in both orchestra and choir, taking solo roles on Wednesday and Saturday.

The organisers have expressed their appreciation to Heptonstall Parish Council, Hebden Bridge Rotary Club and The Bearder Charity who have financed the bursary scheme for these young musicians, and also to Arts Council England for their grant award to Pennine Spring Music.

Nestled on the hillside above Hebden Bridge the pituresque village setting with cobbled streets and stunning landscape adds to the magic of the festival with many vistiotrs enjoying the local sights that accompany the music.

All concerts are held in Heptonstall Parish Church and start at 7.30pm, tickets are available from local Tourist Information Centres. More information available at http://penninespringmusic.co.uk.