Yorkshire folk singer Roger Davies has joined forces with Hepworth Band to release a charity Christmas song in aid of the West Yorkshire homelessness charity “Simon on the Streets”.
Roger wrote “Christmas on King Street” after being inspired by meeting a homeless woman on King Street, Huddersfield…“Hey what you say, please spare some change for me, it’s so cold here and I’m hungry, this Christmas on King Street”.
The track is available on CD, and also features the Band in a new arrangement of “Away in a Manger”. The project is supported by Barratt & David Wilson Homes.
The Band’s Musical Director, Leigh Baker, said: “Roger is a fantastic lyricist and the song really strikes a chord. With our brass accompaniment we’ve created a truly Yorkshire sound to raise money for this worthwhile cause”.
Simon on the Streets covers West Yorkshire and, in particular, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, offering emotional and practical support to rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping. The charity operates without statutory funding, which allows it to work without restrictions and to support poeple on an individual basis.
Gordon Laing, general manager at Simon on the Streets, said: “It is marvellous that we have received both recognition and support from Roger Davies and the Hepworth Brass Band by writing and recording ‘Christmas on King Street’. We always support any means to raise awareness of rough sleepers and the homeless, and to do so through art is fantastic”.
CDs, £5.00 plus postage where applicable, are available from The Band; Roger Davies; Simon on the Streets; Sounds Good Records Online Store and Vinyl Tap Records, Huddersfield and Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse.
The Band’s festive concert season gets under way on Sunday, December 10 at 7.00pm with the ever popular Christmas Concert at Christ Church, New Mill, Holmfirth, where we serve up a programme of seasonal music, carols and festive favourites with mulled wine and mince pies to get you in the festive spirit.
Tickets £8.00, including refreshments, are available from the Butchers Arms, Hepworth; Christ Church New Mill; Wm. Sykes & Son Estate Agents Holmfirth; and the Band (07885 251454).
On Friday December 15, 7.30pm, the band returns to Thornhill Parish Church, Dewsbury for a seasonal concert with Wakefield Youth Choir and soprano soloist Bethany Rosamond. Tickets are available from the Church (01924 507782).
The Band was formed in the village of Hepworth, near Holmfirth, in 1882, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Today, it competes in the Championship Section, making it one of the best bands in the UK.
It has had a proud contesting tradition since its founding, and in recent years, has won a string of prestigious prizes. At the same time, it runs its own concert series every year, supports local charities and other events, including the famous Hepworth Feast, and appears at other venues across the U.K. throughout the year.
The Band relies on generous donations from a number of companies, both national and local, for its continued existence. Since the beginning it has also relied heavily on subscriptions raised from local people, and this tradition continues today.
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