Arts fest ticket launch

Jenny Stafford
Jenny Stafford

Tickets are now on sale for the Brighouse Arts Festival 2014.

Taking place from September 15-20, the six-day festival will feature a variety of events at venues around the town on the theme of commemoration.

Highlights include a performance by Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, a performance of “Troupers” by Mikron theatre, a performance of “Godfrey’s Last Stand” by Talking Stock Productions, The Johnnie Casson Old Time Musical Variety Show, Jenny Stafford and Alistair Ollerenshaw in a classical and popular song recital, and the Wilkinson/Jackson Jazz Duo.

Festival organiser Tom Ratcliffe said: “Most of our programme has local connections and our intention is to ensure a platform for performers, new and established, who have some kind of connection with our own community.

“We are also extremely excited by the inclusion of the Johnnie Casson Variety Show, again a local connection that has allowed us to bring an exciting performance to the town.

“It is not usual for Johnnie Casson to perform in small theatres such as the Civic Hall but we have been able to persuade him to make an exception for his own town.

“The Casson show has been well received and we expect that, like Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, will be sell-out shows.”

From classical music to jazz, there will be something for everyone, as well as lots of opportunities to get involved.

September 20 is “Have a go Saturday” with a chance to take part in climbing at ROKT or participate in rock-themed musical workshops at 7 Martin Street.

There are also rug-making, knitting, poetry and literature workshops, plus a free children’s art workshop at the Smith Art Gallery.

Tom said: “We would like as many Brighouse people as possible to take the opportunity to participate either as an observer, listener or participant.

“We are grateful for all of the support of local businesses who help to enhance our tight budget by helping in kind or sponsoring events – without them we could not sustain the wide range of events.”

Tickets can be booked at Simply Flowers, Ryecorn Wholefoods, Harrison Lord and Brighouse Library; by telephone on 01484 718324; or online at, where the full programme of events can be viewed.