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The Big Sing

The Big Sing

Fri 25 May, 7:30pm at The Piece Hall

Tickets: £18 - £5

Between 1831 and 1890 thousands of local Sunday School children would come together in The Piece Hall over Whitsuntide for The Big Sing. It’s been recorded that up to 34,000 would pack the vast courtyard for this popular event and celebration of song.

On 25 May The Piece Hall Trust in partnership with Calderdale Music Trust and Music Director Sam Dunkley from Performing Arts etc. will recreate this magnificent tradition once again. The project will bring 1,000 children from over 20 Calderdale primary schools together to perform a selection of songs, a number of which have been specially commissioned and written by the schools involved. This inaugural event will mark the extraordinary heritage of The Piece Hall, bringing it to life for the participants and audience in what we hope will become a tradition.

Come along and witness history being recreated as we celebrate the past, present and future of The Piece Hall and the local community.

Schools include: Bolton Brow Academy, Barkisland Primary, Scout Road Academy, Old Town Primary, Calder Primary, Holy Trinity Primary, Bowling Green Primary, Salterhebble J & I School, Copley Primary, St Joseph’s Todmorden, Woodbank, Savile Park, Cross Lane, St Joseph’s Halifax, Lee Mount, Burnley Road, Moorside Community Primary School, Beech Hill, Ling Bob and St Andrews Junior, New Road Primary, Luddendenfoot Primary and Saint Chads Primary.


With your ice cream dripping down your chin

Dip your feet into the fountain

Beneath the bright blue sky

The Piece Hall summer has begun

– From “A Summers Scene”, written by Sam Dunkley with Calder of Copley Primary School


Everybody’s here at the market

it’s as busy as a beehive

There’s pushing and shoving through the loud, large crowds

what shall we buy today?

– From “(We’re here) To Make A Living”, written by Sam Dunkley with Year 3 and 4 of Old Town Primary School


This programme has been supported by: The Community Foundation for Calderdale, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The Ernest Cook Trust.