Extra tickets on sale for Massed Band Event!

Yorkshire brass band fans have clearly shown their excitement for the upcoming massed band concert with Brighouse & Rastrick, who have invited Grimethorpe Colliery Band to Huddersfield Town Hall on the 30th March. Following Grimethorpe acquiring the runner up spot...

B&R regain Yorkshire Champion status

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band were in winning form last weekend, becoming champions once again at the Yorkshire Regional Championships. Held in Briggus' "home venue", Huddersfield Town Hall, the Band gave a spectacular performance on Ray Steadman-Allen's...

Open Rehearsal Announcement

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band are hosting an open rehearsal Thursday February 28th in Halifax. The evening will showcase the Band rehearsing on this year’s Yorkshire Regionals text piece, Ray Steadman-Allen’s “Seascapes” under the direction of Dr. David Thornton....

Massed Bands with Faireys

Chetham’s School of Music

April 14th – 14:30

Marine Hall


May 18th – 19:30

St Mary’s Church

Bury St Edmunds

May 25th – 19:30

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band hails from the West Ridings of Yorkshire.  Formed in 1881 as the Brighouse and Rastrick Temperance band, the band retained this title until the 1920’s when on the appointment of the World-Famous Fred Berry as musical director, ‘Temperance’ was dropped from its title. The one and only change of name in the Band’s history. These changes had immediate impact and in 1929, B&R broke into the highest level of brass banding winning both the July and September Brass Band Contests at Belle Vue, Manchester, a feat achieved only once before, and not equalled since.

Moving to the 1970’s, a more unusual and unique success came the band’s way. In 1977 the band caught the ears and imagination of the British public with their recording of Derek Broadbent’s “Floral Dance” holding the No.2 position in the British singles chart for nine weeks.
Doggedly held off the top spot by Paul McCartney, they still achieved sales of over a million, earning both Gold and Silver discs and attracting fame well beyond the UK. ‘The Floral Dance’ has now become a permanent feature of the band’s programs as the ‘unofficial’ encore.

In 2009 the band entered a new era with the appointment of Professor King as Professional Conductor. This had immediate impact with Brighouse & Rastrick Band winning the National Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 2010 & 2011 and more recently in 2017.

Over recent years the band has been engaged in very successful collaborations outside of the Brass Band Tradition. Recordings with Simon Callow, ‘The Unthanks’, Liza Pullman and appearances at Chris Evans’ ‘Car-Fest’ are just some of the ways that we are expanding our audiences.

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