Meet new Soprano Cornet, Connor Lennon

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band are delighted to announce the signing of Connor Lennon on Soprano Cornet with immediate effect. Connor joins the band after Dominic Longhurst decided to leave the Band to focus on his trumpet career after filling both Principal Cornet and...

Brighouse announce new Honorary Vice-President

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band is delighted to announce the appointment of lifelong fan and TV Celebrity Chef Brian Turner CBE as an Honorary Vice-President. Band President Lyndon Stacey commented “I am absolutely delighted that Brian has accepted my invitation to...

‘Boobs & Brass’ – ‘Goodbye to Yorkshire’

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band are delighted to announce that the next Massed Bands concert, held on 24th March 2018 will be with the ladies of 'Boobs & Brass'. Maggie and Jane recall how this special bond between both bands came about; "When we formed Boobs & Brass in...

Mirfield

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Mirfield Parish Church
Saturday April 28th 2018 – 7.30pm

Liverpool

with Liza Pulman
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Sunday April 29th 2018 – 7.30pm

Darlington

with Liza Pulman
Darlington Hippodrome
Monday 30th April 2018 – 7.30pm

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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