Festival puts young talent in the spotlight

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the film Grease.
Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the film Grease.

Brighouse’s wealth of young talent will be to the fore when the town’s second Arts Festival is held from September 14 to 21.

Festival brochures are now available and tickets on sale for the week-long feast of music, drama, workshops and children’s activities. Calderdale talent will play a prominent role on the festival’s opening day on Saturday, September 14.

Proms in the paddock Sat 25 Aug 2012: Soprano Rachel Crisp

Proms in the paddock Sat 25 Aug 2012: Soprano Rachel Crisp

After last year’s sell-out show, Brighouse singer Roger Davies return’s to St Martin’s Church to give an opening night concert at 7.15pm. He will play plenty of new material as well as favourites from his previous albums ‘Northern Trash’, ‘The Busker’ and ‘Songs in Plain English’.

Aidan Edwards, who began singing at the age of 15 under the guidance of Alison Pryce-Jones at Rastrick High School, will give a classical voice recital with Juliet Montgomery at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, on Saturday, September 14 at 7.15pm. The talented duo, who are currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, will be accompanied by Peter Enright at the piano.

Organiser Tom Ratcliffe said: “We are exceptionally rich in young talent in Brighouse and have always tried to promote that talent whenever possible.”

The festival will get underway with an opening reception at the Smith Art Gallery at 11.30am on September 14 with music from the Field String Quartet and there will be a tea dance with the band Flashback at the Salvation Army Citadel at 4pm.

Brighouse Arts Festival Party in the Park at Rydings Park, Brighouse'Pictured at the Dr Who workshop are Rebecca and Bethany Sharp, workshop leader Mark Wright, Eleanor Furner and Matthew Hardy

Brighouse Arts Festival Party in the Park at Rydings Park, Brighouse'Pictured at the Dr Who workshop are Rebecca and Bethany Sharp, workshop leader Mark Wright, Eleanor Furner and Matthew Hardy

Other Calderdale performers taking part this year include Rachel Crisp from Clifton who will present an evening of music on September 20 and Halifax theatre company Talking Stock Productions with their acclaimed one-act plays ‘Deathwatch’ and ‘The Last Memory’, which were first performed at Halifax festival, and will be staged at the Salvation Army Citadel on September 21.

Other highlights include Sing-a-long-a-Grease at Brighouse Civic Hall on September 19 and a Dr Who workshop with author Mark Wright at Brighouse library on September 21. Darius Battiwalla will give an organ recital at St Martin’s Church on September 21 and Rastrick musician Peter Cain will give a classical guitar recital on September 17. To book phone 01484 718324 or visit Simply Flowers, Harrison Lord, Ryecorn Wholefoods or Brighouse library.

Roger Davies , Brighouse Arts Festival

Roger Davies , Brighouse Arts Festival