Be part of a spectacular celebration of Calderdale creativity

This Summer something big is happening in the Calder Valley

Landlines & Watermarks is a season-long programme of events produced by 509 Arts celebrating the strength and remarkable creativity of Calderdale, from Todmorden to Elland.  And you can be part of it.  Whether you’re a singer, a musician or have a watery story to tell about the valley, we’d love you to join in.

Make Some Noise

Want to be part of the choir or the band that make a monumental sound in a monumental building?  We’re recruiting musicians and singers of all abilities to be part of Calderland – the big singin’ brass blown’ foot stompin’ People’s Opera to be performed in the newly restored Piece Hall at the end of September 2017 as part of its historic opening season. And we’re inviting you to come along to one of our taster workshops to find out how you can be involved.


We are running two open workshops with Calderland composer Richard Taylor at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax on Thursday the 8th June 6.30-8pm and Sunday 11th June from 2.30-4pm.

Bring your instrument with you and work with Richard to create musical material for our Calderland.  Musicians of all abilities are welcome.  At the workshops  you can also find out how you can join the Calderland band and be part of the show.


We are looking for singers of all kinds to join our Calderland choir and be part of the big Piece Hall moment.  We’re hosting 3 taster singing workshops over the next few weeks. Everyone is welcome whatever your age or singing experience! Come along and meet our wonderful chorus leader Em Whitfield Brooks. Each workshop runs from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at the following locations:

Tuesday 23rd May – Town Hall, St George’s Street, Hebden Bridge

Thursday 8th June – St Martin’s Church, Church Lane, Brighouse

Wednesday 14th June – St Paul’s Methodist Church Hall, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge 

509 Arts has been commissioned by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale to produce Landlines & Watermarks, a series of creative events celebrating the strength, resilience and remarkable capabilities of the communities of the valley.

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Posted on

May 21, 2017