Review: Music of the West Riding

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The April meeting of Tickhill Music Society was a two part event, beginning with the Annual General Meeting where Members were efficiently steered through the necessary business by the Society’s Chairman.

The principal offering which followed was a richly informative talk by the ebullient Dr. Simon Lindley, organist of Leeds Minster and Leeds Town Hall and a director of several Choirs and Choral Societies. His topic was ‘Music of the West Riding’ and the audience soon became aware that his knowledge and experience in that area was rich and wide ranging. Speaking fluently and without notes his talk surveyed the choral scene of the Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Bradford areas, straying south to Sheffield.

We were introduced to many musical personalities coming from Yorkshire, with such famous names as Dame Janet Baker, Lesley Garrett, Frederick Delius and Sterndale Bennett. Dr. Lindley’s talk was not only full of detailed facts, dates and musical personalities but was neatly spiced with humour, often in an engaging ‘throw-away’ style.

It was not until the second half that Dr Lindley treated us to some musical extracts on the piano dashed of with assured aplomb. The whole evening was thoroughly informative and, judging by the questions raised at the end, had kept his audience both engaged and entertained. It is always a pleasure to hear someone speak with such enthusiasm and conviction and Dr. Lindley provided plenty of both for the delight of an appreciative audience.