Straybirds all set for first flight in Harrogate

The Straybirds.
The Straybirds.

Harrogate’s newest singing collective, the Straybirds are gearing up for their Christmas concert with a talented young conductor.

Taking place at Christ Church in Harrogate on Saturday, December 6 at 7.30pm, this offshoot from Northern Songbirds has been working on gorgeous arrangements of familiar songs by Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Coldplay and Emile Sande - as well as a couple of famous gospel numbers and a special arrangement of Silent Night.

For their first-ever concert, though some of its members did appear in the Tour de France opening ceremony at Leeds First Direct Arena, the girls are in the hands of talented young Leeds-based musician Neil Balfour, who is a seasoned conductor, vocalist, and pianist. Also joining this vivacious group will be popular ukelele outift The Grand Old Uke of York who are regulars at festivals, fundraisers and other events across the north of England.

All profits will go to Christ Church’s Bikes for Tanzania charity project. There will be a bar service and a hot supper.

Tickets are available online at or from the Parish Office.