Calderdale Council, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale, is coordinating Calderdale Live – a virtual charity concert featuring some of the local area’s best known and most talented entertainers.
The lockdown line-up will be broadcast live on Calderdale Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages on Thursday 16 April 2020, between 6pm and 8pm. It aims to showcase local talent and raise money for the Community Resilience Fund to help respond to the challenges faced by COVID-19.
The live show will feature lots of local musicians and entertainers and will be hosted by the actor and TV personality, Neil Hurst. The full line-up includes:
- Musical artist, Lizzie Jones MBE
- Britain’s Got Talent finalist, comedian Jack Carroll
- The Voice contestant, Callum Butterworth
- Star of The Victoria Theatre, Halifax’s annual pantomime, entertainer and funnyman Josh Benson
- Local singer/ songwriter, Roger Davies
- Actor and singer/songwriter Tom Milner
- Founder of the Halifax shanty band, The Landlubbers, Simon Conway
- Local singer/ songwriter, Molly Gaskell,
The show will end with a special thank you to the NHS and all key workers, as part of the weekly, nationally recognised ‘Clap For Our Key Workers’ initiative.
The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said:
“Our local entertainment venues may be closed, but through Calderdale Live, we’re determined to continue to bring some light relief and positivity into people’s lives, both in Calderdale and beyond.
“Those tuning in to our social media streams next Thursday will be in for a treat, as we showcase some of the local area’s finest talent, for an evening of entertainment – direct into your living room.
“The concert will be free to watch, but we’re asking people, if they’re able, to make a donation to Calderdale’s Community Resilience Fund, to help our vulnerable residents.
“We’re all facing new challenges as we adjust to the changes in our daily lives as a result of COVID-19. Calderdale Live is a fantastic idea which will bring a much needed boost in these difficult times.”
Steve Duncan, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, said:
“It’s sad that COVID-19 is hitting us so soon after flooding, but we are working with Calderdale Council, CFFC supporters and key partners to build a Community Resilience Fund.
“The fund is supporting local front line charities and vulnerable residents. We want to be able to look after these people and show that Calderdale cares.”
The Community Foundation for Calderdale’s LocalGiving page is already live. You can donate to the fund by visiting: https://localgiving.org/appeal/CalderdaleCommunityResilienceFund/?fbclid=IwAR1ze303746Zte61cXusoh_I-E9CBGwzcrNvVgMu4nSB-lcAHFWdCc074zw(external link).
To tune in to Calderdale Live, visit www.facebook.com/calderdale(external link) or follow @calderdale on twitter on Thursday 16 April from 6pm.