Regarded as the toughest competition to win, the famous name of Brighouse & Rastrick brass band achieved second place in the British Open brass band championships. Renowned for being a “bogie” competition for the Band, this is the best result since a third place in 1998 and their last victory at this competition in 1978.

Performing the set work ‘Reflections on Swan Lake’ under the wing of Professor David King, the Band performed the most descriptive readings of the day against 17 other brass bands, including the current Yorkshire, British and European champion bands. Unable to tick all the boxes for the three adjudicators, Yorkshire neighbour ‘Grimethorpe Colliery Band’ was given the first place by the tightest of margins.

B&R Cornet Section during their performance at the British  Open Championship

B&R Cornet Section during their performance at the British Open Championship

The B&R soloists played with their heart on their sleeve with a special mention to new Principal Cornet Kyle Lawson, who shone on his first competition with the Band since moving from New Zealand. B&R’s incredible horn section delivered some impeccable playing with guest euphonium star, Glen van Looy, singing out his solos like none other on the day. It was a band performance to be proud of.

B&R will now look towards a busy concert schedule for the remainder of the year including the National championships at the Royal Albert Hall in October.

The Band are performing alongside the British Army’s King Division Band at Huddersfield Town Hall on 24th October; tickets now available from Kirklees ticket outlets.

Details of all engagements are available on the Engagements page.