Jubilee mood adds sparkle to festival

Artist Kevin Haynes, Artist Michael Thickett and gallery owner Steven Lord - Brighouse arts festival.
Artist Kevin Haynes, Artist Michael Thickett and gallery owner Steven Lord - Brighouse arts festival.

NINE days of music, comedy, exhibitions, workshops and family fun gets underway in Brighouse today as the Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival takes over the town.

Highlights of the festival, which runs until August 31, will include visits by the Ian McMillan Orchestra, the Yorkshire Saxophone Choir, the Gogo Penguin Jazz Trio, Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band and Spirit of Harmony Barbershop Quartet.

Proms in the Paddock at Clifton.'Rachel Crisp

Proms in the Paddock at Clifton.'Rachel Crisp

One of the organisers, Tom Ratcliffe, said: “Organising the festival has been a lot of hard work but it has created a lot of interest in the town and we’re really looking forward to getting the programme of events underway.”

Author RL Royle had her first novel, ‘Lucy’s Monster’, published under the name Rebecca Kirk at the age of 17. She will read extraccts from her new book, ‘Wavemaker’, and lead a creative writing workshop at Just Books, Brighouse, on Saturday August 25 from noon to 1pm.

She will also be holding a creative writing workshop on Tuesday August 28 from 2pm to 5pm at Brighouse library. Tickets cost £6.

For his concert at St Martin’s Church, Brighouse singer Roger Davies will now be joined by Alex Quinn and the Man in the Street on Thursday August 30 at 7.30pm. Hade Edge Band had to withdraw from the concert after a break-in at their headquarters near Huddersfield.

Brighouse author R L Royle, (Rebecca Kirk) who will be at the Brighouse Arts Festival.

Brighouse author R L Royle, (Rebecca Kirk) who will be at the Brighouse Arts Festival.

Clifton singer Rachel Crisp will present an evening of opera favourites at Prego restaurant on Friday, August 31 at 7.30pm and the Harrison Lord Gallery’s festival exhibition opened at the weekend. Eight artists have contributed 36 new works to the ‘Celebration of Art’.

Tickets are still available to buy on the door for many festival events. For more details contact 01484 718324.