Festival rivals set to march for glory

BRIGHOUSE is tuning up for its annual Festival of Brass which attracts musicians and hundreds of brass fans from all over the country.

Twenty-six bands will compete in the march and hymn contest in Brighouse town centre which is one of the highlights of a spectacular weekend of brass music.

This year’s festival, the 12th, will be held on July 2 and 3. The event is organised by Brighouse Lions and raises money for Lions’ charities.

Skelmanthorpe Band will return to defend their title as champions and this year’s contest will feature a large number of championship standard bands including Hammonds Saltaire, Hebden Bridge and Lindley as well as Clifton and Lightcliffe and Elland Silver Youth Band.

The adjudicators are David Read, Stan Lippeatt, David Hirst and Pascal Eicher.

Tickets are now on sale for the gala concert on the evening of July 2 which will feature the Diggle Band, led by celebrated musical director James Shepherd, playing a programme of popular music. The guest trombone soloist is Chris Jeans of the Virtuoisi GUS Band.

Organiser David Horsfield said: “People come from all over the country to Brighouse Festival of Brass. Its popularity has grown steadily since the first festival in 2000 and it is now a much-anticipated event on the brass band calendar. I was in Australia recently and even there someone was asking me about it.”

The weekend of music will get underway on the morning of July 2 with the Youth Slow Melody Contest held at the Ebenezer Methodist Church, Bailiff Bridge.

l Tickets for the gala concert are on sale at Fawcetts stationers and Kirklees Music.