B&R to open doors for Dynasty

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band will be hosting an open rehearsal in the Brighouse Methodist Church on Wednesday 4th September. It is a warm Brighouse invitation for all those interested to hear the band rehearse on this years British Open test piece, “Dynasty”....

Brighouse welcome Visiting International Professor

  The Brighouse & Rastrick Band are delighted to announce that Lee Harrelson will be travelling from the USA to work with the band in residence as Visiting International Professor for the upcoming contest and concert season. B&R will be working under the...

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band are delighted to announce the signings of Mike Cavanagh and Charlotte Horsfield on Solo Baritone and 2nd Trombone with immediate effect. Mike Cavanagh joins following 5 1/2 years at Grimethorpe Band, and is a founding member of the...

Coventry

Albany Theatre

September 28th – 19:30

Bury Parish Church

With Besses Boys’ Band

October 5th – 19:30

Worsley

St Mark’s Church

October 19th – 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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