British Open

Thank you to all of The Brighouse & Rastrick Band's fans for the messages following the Band's performance at the British Open off the early number 3 draw. Although not the result the Band were hoping for, Professor David King and the players of B&R performed to the...

Brighouse announce new concert

Brighouse and Rastrick are delighted to announce a new concert with the Besses Boys' Band on Saturday the 29th of September. The concert will feature both bands and will include a massed bands finale. Tickets are available at http://brighouseandrastrick.com/tickets/...

A bank holiday filled with music!

Brighouse and Rastrick have enjoyed a fantastic weekend of music making, firstly at a packed Snape Maltings, and then to an electric atmosphere at the Towersey festival on Sunday! Brighouse would like to thank all those who came to listen, had songs dedicated to their...

Open Rehearsal

   Brighouse and Rastrick       Brighouse Methodist Church     Wednesday 5th Sept 2018 – 8:00pm

Bury Parish Church

Joint concert with Besses’ Boys
Bury Parish Church
Saturday 29th Sept 2018 – 7.30pm

Open Rehearsal

Brighouse and Rastrick
Brighouse Methodist Church
Wednesday 3rd Oct 2018 – 8.00pm

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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