A few dates for your diary...

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Here are a few of the arts and music events that are coming up over the next week or two.

l Ever since the early 1880s Todmorden audiences have looked forward to a production of Handel’s Messiah.

We shall never again be able to pack the Town Hall as was once the case and so the lucky people who do have tickets, must count themselves fortunate, writes John Hodgson.

This year we shall be singing the Watkins Shaw version with its smaller orchestra and there will be choruses included which are not always performed.

As is traditional, we are inviting professional soloists and this allows us to welcome those who have helped us in the past as well as giving the up-and-coming singers an opportunity to sing in the wonderful Town Hall.

This year we shall welcome Stephanie Stanway, soprano; Emily Reaves, mezzo soprano; Adam Magee, tenor and Stuart Orme, bass. The trumpet soloist is Julie Ryan. The Messiah marks the beginning of the Christmas season for many people as some of its message concerns Christ’s nativity. Much of the work is also about Easter and The Resurrection and so the words have broad appeal.

We shall welcome the audience and would remind them that the performance starts at 7.15pm on Sunday, November 30. As there are added numbers, people may wish to make their baby-sitters and transport providers aware that they may be later home. At the time of writing the report there are no tickets available, but there may be a few returns from members and the information office at £10.

l This Friday, November 14, sees the Cabaret Autumn Special at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge (8pm, tickets £10 non-members, £8 members).

“Occasional cabarets means we only put on our absolute favourites and this time we have two award winners,” writes organiser Mike Hancock.

“Tina T’urner Tea Lady won the Best Newcomer at the London Cabaret Awards and her wild musical comedy has made her one of the hottest acts on the circuit. Also from London we have Perrier Award nominee Martin Soan - a brilliant physical and prop comic.

“If that wasn’t enough, dry land synchronised swimming comes from Yorkshire Life Aquatic, surreal poetics from Ronald Arthur Dewhirst and regulars Mysti Valentine, Peggy Lee and Bernard Otter. We’ve also got a guest DJ, from Kismet the ace DJ Babel with electro swing, balkan beats and global dance music.

l Actors, directors, tour-bookers and crew who worked and performed with Red Ladder in the 70s and 80s have reunited to host screenings of two films featuring the company, to raise money for Save Red Ladder.

One is ‘Taking Our Time,’ an Arena documentary (1978) which follows Red Ladder through the process of making the show of the same name, about the 1842 plug riots in the Calder Valley.

The screenings take place at the Void Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, from 3pm to 7pm on Saturday, November 15, followed by a Q&A session.