‘Celebration!’ – threefold – is the order of the day when Brighouse & Rastrick Band present their Autumn spectacular in Huddersfield on 24 October. Not only will it be linked to the launch of the Poppy Appeal to help Royal British Legion but it is the 70th Anniversary of this iconic concert series – and finally a military link has evolved to reflect the great relief at the ending of wartime hostilities in 1945, the very year that these concerts commenced.
That military element is through the unique appearance as Guest Band this year of The Band of the King’s Division, formed only last year as part of the British Army’s restructuring of army music capabilities and this northern outfit, based at Weeton Barracks, Preston, has already proved a huge success. They are sure to look a splendid sight in their red stage tunics ranked amongst the famous purple and gold of ‘B & R’.
To add even more glamour to this special occasion, in Huddersfield Town Hall, the Guest Conductor will be former RAF Principal Director of Music, Rob Wiffin OBE, who is relishing the opportunity of leading two great bands in exciting combination. Under the title ‘Celebration’ the music will truly reflect the decades that have passed since famous conductor Eric Ball took that first Massed Bands concert on 13th October 1945.
So this really will be an event not to miss and tickets are first on general sale at Ryecorn Wholefoods shop, Bethel St., Brighouse on Sat. 5th Sept (10-00 am ‘til noon only) and from
Wed. 9th Sept. at Kirklees Council outlets in Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton (Tel. 01484 223200 or online at www.kirkleestownhalls.co.uk).