TWO institutions of Barnsley’s musical heritage are uniting for a new show.

Thurnscoe Male Harmonic Voice Choir and the Barnsley Metropolitan Band - who are celebrating 100th and 50th birthdays respectively - will be joining forces later tomorrow (Friday) for a show that will display the very best of the town’s local musical talent.

The show starts at 7pm at St John and Mary Magdalene Church in Goldthorpe, with tickets available on the door.

After both groups met when they performed in the ‘Heart of the Wood’ play back in December - which also featured performances from the Kim Frost School of Dance and Barnburgh Village Singers - they realised that they needed to work together again.

Concert secretary for the voice choir, Ken Barry, told the Chronicle: “Honestly, we were jealous of them.

“We were jealous because they had got kids involved with the band and we’ve been desperate to get younger people involved in the choir.

“But it was also the quality of the performers - they had some real talent.

“It’s taken a while to get both the bands together but we’re really excited.”

Members of both groups have become close friends, and this show may be the start of more collaborations.

Chair of the Barnsley Metropolitan Band, Paul Thomas, added: “We agreed to do a concert with them to help celebrate their 100th anniversary.

“Obviously it’s our 50th as well so it’s worked out quite nicely.

“We’re all really looking forwarded to it and to working with such a brilliant group of people.”