Tal­ented Cal­lum set to take cen­tre stage

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

A TAL­ENTED teenager is set to per­form at an an­nual char­ity lunch for the Kirklees and Calderdale busi­ness com­mu­nity.

And he’s hop­ing it will help put him on the road to stardom – em­u­lat­ing fel­low Hal­i­fax-born singer Ed Sheeran.

Cal­lum Butterworth will be singing at this year’s Kirklees and Calderdale Char­ity Lunch (KACCL), which aims to raise £24,000 for the For­get Me Not Chil­dren’s Hospice at Brack­en­hall and the Or­ange Box young peo­ple’s cen­tre in Hal­i­fax.

Six­teen-year-old Cal­lum has been singing since the age of 10 and be­gan us­ing the ser­vices at Or­ange Box when the cen­tre first opened four years ago.

The cen­tre of­fers a range of fa­cil­i­ties for young peo­ple such as re­hearsal rooms, per­for­mance space and a record­ing stu­dio, along­side coun­selling and sup­port ser­vices.

Cal­lum said the cen­tre had been in­stru­men­tal in the devel­op­ment of his singing and per­form­ing.

“I en­joy pro­duc­ing mu­sic in the cen­tre’s record­ing stu­dio,” he said. “Or­ange Box is a place I al­ways know I can come to where I have the sup­port to make the most of my creativ­ity.

“It’s a place where I have al­ways felt wel­come. I’ve made the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties the cen­tre has to of­fer in or­der to make friends and build my skills and con­fi­dence.”

The teenager draws in­spi­ra­tion from artists like Hal­i­fax-born Ed Sheeran, who has be­come suc­cess­ful de­spite com­ing from a small town.

The KACCL event will be Cal­lum’s first public per­for­mance. Un­til now he has only per­formed at his school and with his un­cles to the rest of his fam­ily on spe­cial oc­ca­sions and gath­er­ings.

Along­side Cal­lum, a youth choir put to­gether by Or­ange Box will also be stag­ing a per­for­mance dur­ing the spe­cial event.

Last year’s KACCL raised £18,000 for For­get Me Not Chil­dren’s Hospice.

Cal­lum said: “I am in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to per­form at the Kirklees and Calderdale Christmas Lunch, es­pe­cially as it will be ben­e­fit­ting For­get Me Not Chil­dren’s Hospice which is an in­cred­i­bly wor­thy cause and Or­ange Box young peo­ple’s cen­tre which is a char­ity very close to my heart.

“I think this ex­pe­ri­ence will boost my con­fi­dence in per­form­ing and I’m re­ally grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to per­form in front of a large au­di­ence.”

The lunch will take place on De­cem­ber 7 at the Cedar Court Ho­tel, Ain­ley Top. Tick­ets cost £50 each for the event, which in­cludes a cham­pagne re­cep­tion, a three course meal and en­ter­tain­ment. Go to KACCL@crowther.ac­coun­tants.

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