Brighouse and Rastrick Band

England's No. 1 Brass Band

Brighouse Open Rehearsal

Brighouse Open Rehearsal

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band will be hosting an open rehearsal in the Brighouse Methodist Church on Wednesday for all those interested to hearing the band rehearse Herbert Howells’ fantastic piece “Pageantry”. Address for the church is: Central Methodist Church Commercial Street Brighouse HD61AQ Doors open 19:30 for a 20:00 start. For our close friends that sometimes visit...

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New faces at West Ridings

New faces at West Ridings

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band are happy to announce three new additions to the band personal. Phillip Tait and Jamie Cooper recently impressed the band to gain seats on the cornet bench. Phillip will be replacing Mike Golding on bumper up, who left the band to further his conducting career at Pemberton B band. It is a delight to see Phillip in that particular seat, as his late father, Bryan...

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Band gears up for grand ‘Floral Dance’ reunion

Band gears up for grand ‘Floral Dance’ reunion

Forty years on who would have thought that Derek Broadbent’s arrangement of a certain Cornish folk song would still be so popular! The BBC certainly thought so during 2016 following the untimely passing of Terry Wogan, with priority calls for B & R to turn out at two high profile, and well-documented, tribute events. The ‘old gang’ of the 1977 band may have thought these were pure ‘warm-ups’...

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Dr. David Thornton announced as new Musical Director

Dr. David Thornton announced as new Musical Director

Following the departure of Leigh Baker, The Brighouse and Rastrick Band are happy to announce that Dr. David Thornton will be taking over as musical director of the band in 2017. The role will see David conduct the band in a busy calendar year of concerts and recordings, as well as preparing the band before the arrival of professional conductor Professor David King. Commenting on his new...

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Moving up the Rankings!

Moving up the Rankings!

Following the final update of the brass banding year, Brighouse are delighted to now be ranked 2nd in the world after overtaking the Black Dyke Band on both the 4barsrest and brassstats rankings. This has been achieved from a very successful end of the contesting year, where the band received podium positions at the British Open, National Finals and Brass in Concert. The band now look towards...

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From the Royal Albert Hall to local Church Hall!

From the Royal Albert Hall to local Church Hall!

  Fresh from last month’s appearance in the finale of the Terry Wogan tribute night at Royal Albert Hall, thoughts at Brighouse & Rastrick Band quickly turn to Christmas and band management are well aware that no tickets sell faster than those for the band’s Christmas concerts in Brighouse itself. So they need to be top of your shopping list! The performances on 10th December at Central...

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Brighouse help take Super Slow Way to Revolution

Brighouse help take Super Slow Way to Revolution

Brighouse & Rastrick will help poet Ian Macmillan and composer Ian Stephens celebrate the 200 year history of the world’s first super highway as part of a high-profile arts production about the famous Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Brighouse & Rastrick Band will play a central role in a forthcoming high-profile arts production celebrating 200 years of heritage of the famous Leeds...

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Celebrity link up confirmed

Celebrity link up confirmed

It has been another exciting week at Brighouse & Rastrick HQ following their high quality showing at the British Open, with another celebrity link up and exciting new project in the bag already. This time the band were delighted to welcome the countries favourite Choirmaster Gareth Malone OBE, who’s new album ‘A very British Christmas’ is a collaboration of artists from...

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British Open Success

British Open Success

The Band are delighted to report further competition success, this time at the British Open Brass Band Championships held on the 10th September in Birmingham, UK.   ‘The Open’ is one of the year’s biggest competitions and following a 2nd place finish in 2015, the band headed to Symphony Hall looking to go one step better.  The test piece was the fiendishly difficult ‘Triumph of Time’ by Peter...

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Brighouse open up for Open assault

Brighouse open up for Open assault

Brighouse & Rastrick Band have announced an open rehearsal on the British Open test piece ‘A Triumph of Time’ on Wednesday 7th September.   The bands charismatic Professional Conductor Professor David King will be putting the band through their paces in the final stages of their build up to the contest, with the band looking to improve on their 2nd place finish at the 2015 British Open....

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Brighouse end the season in unique style

Brighouse end the season in unique style

Brighouse & Rastrick Band are thrilled to face a unique end to their banding season with appearances at the seismic ‘Carfest’ events in both the North and South of England. Courtesy of BBC’s Chris Evans, they are honoured to be appearing at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire on 30 July and Overton, Hampshire on 27 August, contributing both to the entertainment of many thousands but also to the...

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New principal cornet at Brighouse

New principal cornet at Brighouse

Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Brighouse and Rastrick Band announce that Dominic Longhurst will replace Kyle Lawson as the new principal cornet of the band with immediate effect. It comes shortly after Kyle’s reluctant decision to return back to his home in New Zealand for personal reasons and to continue his role in the New Zealand Army Band. Kyle will continue to play on the cornet bench...

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New partnership with Oldham Music Centre

New partnership with Oldham Music Centre

Following discussions between the Oldham Music Centre and Brighouse & Rastrick , we are delighted to announce that a new partnership has been set up between Brighouse & Rastrick and the Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass Band. This exciting new arrangement will be mutually beneficial to both organisations. This partnership will include a number of significant projects: 1) Joint concerts...

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