WITH the summer heatwave, ‘Walking on Sunshine’ could not be a more appropriate title for a performance by a popular community choir.

A fun, friendly group of men and women who love to sing, CUBE Choir has around 80 regular members from all walks of life, from hairdressers to history teachers. Aged from 50 years upwards, the choir has been established for six years and are accomplished vocalists.

On Saturday July 14, they are bringing new songs as well as old favourites from their extensive repertoire to the Red Brick Auditorium at Square Chapel Arts Centre at Piece Hall, Halifax. ‘Walking on Sunshine’ also features special guests the Orange Box Youth Choir.

Staying in the mood for music, later that week in the same venue, audiences are invited to join the Calderdale Music Trust for an evening of music presented by young people from the Halifax Music Centre Ensembles.

Calderdale Music Trust provides opportunities for children, young people and adults to learn a musical instrument and make music together. Its work includes whole-class ensemble tuition. Taking place on Tuesday July 17, the concert is free.

English singer-songwriter Beth Orton, known for her ‘folktronica’ sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, performs at the Red Brick Auditorium on Thursday July 19.

Beth was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit, Andrew Weatherall, Red Snapper and the Chemical Brothers in the mid-1990s. Her UK/US debut solo album Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim as did her BRIT Award-winning album Central Reservation (1999), her Beth’s 2006 album Comfort of Strangers and more recent electronic music release Kidsticks (2016).

If you’re looking to put a spring in your step the centre is screening the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, reuniting Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Colin Firth in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.

Get ready to sing and dance all over again as the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. The film is being shown at various times in the Copper & Redbrick Auditorium from Friday July 20 to Thursday August 2.

This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – descends on the Redbrick Auditorium on Friday August 24. Their new album Moonshine Freeze’, is their most compelling and accomplished to date.

The group is supported by experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd, who has just released her strongest and most impacting body of work.

Square Chapel Arts Centre, near Halifax’s famous Piece Hall, is a stunning venue, home to film, theatre, live music, comedy, family shows, workshops and more.

For pre or after-show relaxation, it has a stylish cafe and bar, serving locally-sourced and seasonal dishes as well as a wide range of cask ales and craft beers, wines and spirits.

* Square Chapel Arts Centre, 10 Square Rd, Halifax HX1 1QG; For more information, times and prices visit squarechapel.co.uk; For tickets call the box office on 01422 349 422.

Helen Mead