Brighouse is gripped by festival fever

Johnnie Casson, second left, with Brighouse Festival director Tom Ratcliffe and committee members Steven Lord and John Buxton
Johnnie Casson, second left, with Brighouse Festival director Tom Ratcliffe and committee members Steven Lord and John Buxton

The 2014 Brighouse Festival is underway, with the town playing host to an eclectic mix of music, theatre and the arts throughout the week.

The festival was officially opened by Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen during a reception at Smith Art Gallery on Monday evening, followed by a concert by the Well and Highly Strung Quartet.

Now in its third year, Brighouse Festival has become a firm favourite in the town’s calendar and this year sees its most ambitious programme to date.

It has been in full swing all week with record numbers attending theatre shows, concerts, recitals and workshops.

Highlights include The Johnnie Casson Old Times Music Hall Variety Show at the Civic Hall on Friday evening.

There are also talks, lectures, workshops and much much, more – something for everybody.

Festival director Tom Ratcliffe, pictured above (left) with Johnnie Casson and festival committee members Steven Lord and John Buxton, said: “Once again Brighouse is humming with excitement with ticket sales buoyant and still much of the week to come.

“How many small towns can boast of such an active summer?”

And the action does not stop when the festival ends on Saturday.

Two post festival events have been scheduled in the form of a special showing of “Les Miserables” and a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Civic Hall.

The popular Victorian Christmas market will also return later in the year.

Tickets for the remainder of the festival are available at Harrison Lord, Simply Flowers, Ryecorn Wholefoods and Brighouse Library; online at www.brighousefestival.co.uk; or they can be reserved by calling 01484718324.