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jimL 'Hearts of Coal' - Coope, Boyes et al - (30) 'Hearts of Coal' - Coope, Boyes et al - 28 Feb 05

Barry Coope, Jim Boyes, Georgina Boyes, Ray Hearne, Janet Russell, & "The Roses And Thorns Choir" perform "Hearts of Coal" -

Saturday March 5th 7:30 p.m. Ossett Town Hall
Sunday March 6th 7:00 p.m. Otley Civic Hall
Tickets £7 / £5 ring - 01274 581504 or 01535 600101

I have been taking part in the second rehearsal weekend just gone by, and I have to tell you the choir is fantastic - none of your stylised choral "niceness" but 80 folk voices really giving it all they've got, under the direction of Barry Coope, who really knows how to make things fly.

I really believe that if you're in the area, and you miss it, you'll kick yourselves ...

Tickets as above, and on the door, for either event.

__Music and songs have always played a big part in the life of mining communities. There are reports of miners, men and women,– singing down the pit as they worked almost three hundred years ago. From the 1840's onwards, Yorkshire newspapers reported colliers and their bands marching in procession at galas and demonstrations. And every element of the job, from pick sharpening and winding to the saying that more coal was mined in the bar at the Welfare than ever came
out of the pit - has been captured in song. Hearts of Coal brings together these old and newer songs and combines them with local stories of mining communities to celebrate a unique way of life.__


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