Proms musicians attract some unlikely admirers

Craven Herald: Proms on The Farm: musical director Stewart Hanson playing his guitar with Kit the Airedale Angus Heifer Proms on The Farm: musical director Stewart Hanson playing his guitar with Kit the Airedale Angus Heifer

MUSIC has been filling the air in Silsden.

Local musicians have been busy rehearsing for this year's Proms on the Farm event - and, to date, their audience has comprised cows, sheep and even hens!

But, next Saturday, July 19, they will entertain to a field full of music lovers at Sycamore Farm, Brunthwaite, Silsden.

Now in its 11th year, Proms on the Farm will prove live music to style all tastes.

The Big Bang starts off the evening at 7.15pm with music from the 1960s onwards and the tempo then changes with the Sultans of Swing, playing music from the Glenn Miller era as well as jive and rock and roll.

The Skelmanthorpe Brass Band - a section one band - will perform Last Night of the Proms favourites, under the baton of its new conductor, Martin Hall, and with soloist Sarah Halstead.

"We can promise a great evening," said organiser Rosalie Holroyd. "Come along and join in the fun and family atmosphere."

The event will also include a giant raffle and grand auction and proceeds will be shared between Sue Ryder's Manorlands Hospice and Silsden Methodist Church, which will use the money to help launch a well being cafe in the town to work alongside the vulnerable and isolated.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from Twiggs Newsagents, Kirkgate, Silsden, or on the gate. Children, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted are free.

Gazebo spaces must be booked in advance by phoning 01535 654509

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