Fresh from last month’s appearance in the finale of the Terry Wogan tribute night at Royal Albert Hall, thoughts at Brighouse & Rastrick Band quickly turn to Christmas and band management are well aware that no tickets sell faster than those for the band’s Christmas concerts in Brighouse itself. So they need to be top of your shopping list!

The performances on 10th December at Central Methodist Church are at 2-30 p.m. and 7-15 p.m. and the Matinee will also feature music pupils from Rastrick High School. Audiences just love to see youngsters perform in public and this year, with groups conducted by the well known tutors Alison Pryce-Jones and Samantha Harrison, fine and inspired renditions from their respective junior choral and brass groups are guaranteed.

Completing the remainder of the Matinee, and the whole Evening performance, are B & R themselves who are sure to be in the best of festive moods after the challenges of the Autumn contest season, always putting on uplifting shows to help kindle those Christmas spirits. Under the baton of Resident Musical Director, Leigh Baker, there will be smiles aplenty and just back with prize money from The Sage, Gateshead last Sunday, in the annual ‘Brass in Concert’ event, elements of that Entertainment Contest will be blended well with the ever-popular Christmas favourites and audience carols. Tickets are available on-line at, over the counter at Ryecorn Wholefoods, Bethel St., Brighouse or by ‘phoning the band on 01484 718835.