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 Soprano Cornet seats in a 2-year period with the Band.

Having recently graduated from Huddersfield University, Connor studied trumpet under the guidance of Opera North’s Mike Woodhead and soprano cornet underneath Phillip McCann. He clearly impressed at University, as Phillip signed Connor at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band in 2014 on the Soprano Cornet chair. He enjoyed a successful 4 years with the Band, having personally also won the Brian Evans Memorial Trophy at the British Open in 2017.

Commenting on his move, Connor said, “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band for the last 4 & 1/2 years and the friendships I’ve made there. I am really looking forward to starting a new chapter with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band and welcome the new challenges ahead.”

In response, Brighouse & Rastrick’s Musical Director Dr David Thornton commented, “We are thoroughly delighted that Connor will be joining the B&R team. Not only is he a fantastic soprano cornet player but also a versatile musician and a truly dedicated bandsman. He will be a huge asset to the Band’s performances in contests and concerts.”