The Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band have been crowned the National Brass Band Champions of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall for the 10th time in its 137 year history.
Despite a ten hour wait which saw the band perform at 18.20, the band members held their nerve and performed Howard Snell’s picturesque work “Gallery”, a performance which was described as world-class from the packed hall and had spectators applauding on their feet before the final note.
Expertly led by the band’s Australian professional conductor Professor David King, the band was praised for its unique musical approach to the music, spreading rich emotion that reflected the true Yorkshire brass band sound of old.
The trophy was complimented with the single “Best Instrumentalist” award, gained by the Band’s principal cornet, Kathleen Gaspoz, who recently joined the Band as the first ever female to sit in the famous principal seat. Kathleen, who recently graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music, gave a beautiful, experienced performance that was unrivalled in class and sonority throughout the whole day
There was also one final reward, as Brighouse & Rastrick will now represent England at the European Championships in 2019, held in Kathleen’s home country Switzerland.
You can next see the National Champions on the 28th October at Huddersfield Town Hall, where the Band will be performing alongside The Foden’s Band. Tickets available by calling 01484 225755 or 01484 223200.