Country’s top bands arrive for Lions’ Festival of Brass

Hade Edge Band perform at the Brighouse Lions Festival of Brass
Hade Edge Band perform at the Brighouse Lions Festival of Brass

The 15th annual Brass Band Festival, organised by Brighouse and District Lions, promises to further enhance its reputation as it welcomes a full entry list of 26 of the country’s best brass bands.

Lions President Pamela Lumb will welcome everyone to the special event in the brass band calendar.

The festival on Sunday, June 29, will begin at 1pm when the first band will set off.

Each band in turn will march along Bethel Street to perform a hymn tune and contest march in the Town Hall Square.

Adjudicators Pascal Eicher, from Switzerland, and Chris Jeans, from Leicester, will have the difficult task of awarding the many trophies and cash prizes on offer.

One of the highlights of the day will be the presentation of the prize to the best principal cornet player.

The winner will be awarded a brand new “Symphony” cornet kindly donated by Geneva Instruments, one of the world’s leading instrument manufacturers.

While the results are being collated, local favourites Clifton and Lightcliffe Band will play a short French flavoured selection of music to the crowd in the Town Hall Square to whet the appetite for Le Grand Depart the following weekend.

On Saturday, June 28, Central Methodist Church will host a gala concert by the all-ladies band “Boobs & Brass”. Tickets are available from Fawcetts, on Commercial Street, or Kirklees Music, Bailiff Bridge.

Profits from the weekend will go to the Lions’ chosen charities.