MASSED BANDS TIME AGAIN AT HUDDERSFIELD!

This year’s autumn spectacular features the best of music reflecting the eras of the two world wars and the celebrations of peace that followed. Out of trauma came music to inspire and entertain the Nation and the next concert - ‘CELEBRATION and REMEMBRANCE’ - allows...

Brighouse play at Towersey Festival

Brighouse are looking forward to performing alongside some fantastic artists at the Towersey Festival. We are playing on Sunday the 26th of August and will be under the baton of our resident conductor Dr Dave Thornton. Tickets are available...

New Zealand cornet star for Brighouse

Following the recent departure of Kathleen Gaspoz, Brighouse and Rastrick has acted swiftly in appointing the New Zealand cornet star, Kyle Lawson, to the position of Principal Cornet with immediate effect. Kyle has held the principal cornet position previously with...

Durham

with Liza Pulman
Durham Gala Theatre              Saturday 21st July  2018 – 7:30 pm

Snape Maltings

Brighouse and Rastrick
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Saturday 25th August 2018 – 7.30pm

Towersey Festival

Brighouse and Rastrick
Thame Showground
Sunday 26th August 2018 – 2.30pm

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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