Town tunes up for first arts festival

Launch of the Brighouse Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival at Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse. From the left, festival organiser Tom Ratcliffe, gallery owner Steven Lord, singer Roger Davies, Alice Bradshaw, Katie Kinselle, Peter Sleigh, Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, and Lesley Adams.
Launch of the Brighouse Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival at Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse. From the left, festival organiser Tom Ratcliffe, gallery owner Steven Lord, singer Roger Davies, Alice Bradshaw, Katie Kinselle, Peter Sleigh, Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, and Lesley Adams.

FESTIVAL fever is coming to Brighouse as the town gets ready to celebrate its thriving arts scene.

The town’s first arts festival is being held from August 23-31 and Brighouse is tuning up for a feast of entertainment. The festival was given an official launch in front of 40 guests at the Harrison Lord Gallery with Brighouse singer song-writer Roger Davies providing the music.

Launch of the Brighouse Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival at Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse.'Roger Davies sings.

Launch of the Brighouse Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival at Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse.'Roger Davies sings.

One of the organisers, Tom Ratcliffe, said: “This summer we have shown in Brighouse what can be done with a small force of dedicated people, a vision and often very little money. This arts festival is the culmination of a busy summer - we hope we can celebrate all that is good in Brighouse not only this season but for the future.”

Committee member Steven Lord said: “The launch event generated lots of interest. It was a cracking evening which went beyond our expectations.

“From small beginnings the event is really taking off - and from sitting around a table wondering if we could pull it off, we are now getting very excited. It’s going to be brilliant.”

The nine-day festival will feature concerts by the Ian McMillan Orchestra, the Yorkshire Saxophone Choir, the Spirit of Harmony Barber Shop ensemble and Roger Davies with the Hade Edge band will perform.

There will be piano recitals, craft stalls, soul and Motown nights, a textile workshop and choral concert. Ann Cleeve, the writer behind the hit TV series Vera, will lead a literacy evening and a wide range of workshops for those who prefer a more hands on experience.

The Calderdale Open Art Exhibition will be held at the Smith art Gallery. To book log onto www.brighousefestival.co.uk