Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band
The Brighouse and Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by ‘Briggus’ whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur.
The band was formed over 125 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.
Today, it still continues to be supported through public subscriptions and its own fund raising efforts. Its amateur members traditionally pride themselves on being financially independent, never having been beholden to any commercial interest, yet they are still regarded as one of the ‘elite’ on the contest and concert platforms.
Since January 1995, the band has practised at their purpose-built hall and music library called West Ridings at Brighouse High School on Finkil Street in the north of Brighouse near the A644.
In 2009 (when conducted by Richard Evans), Brighouse and Rastrick achieved "Most Entertaining Band" at Brass in Concert. In 2010 (when conducted by Professor David King) they won the Regional Championship in Yorkshire, regarded as the strongest region for banding in the world and the National Championships of Great Britain, a competition held at London's Royal Albert Hall, a feat replicated the following year, the Yorkshire Championship title in 2011 and the National Championship title. Along with the contest successes, followers of brass band website 4barsrest.com voted Brighouse & Rastrick and conductor David King 'Band of the Year 2011' and 'Conductor of the Year 2011' respectively. Full results
In 2012 the Band were therefore aiming for a hatrick of wins at both events, only to be pipped to 2nd place at each. With another 2nd placing in Yorkshire and a 4th placing at the National Finals in 2013, it's taken until 2014 for B&R to reclaim the Yorkshire title under the leadership of David King. The Band's Principal Cornet players Stuart Lingard was awarded the 'Best Principal Cornet' for his contribution. A full write up of the competition can be read here.
The Floral Dance
In November 1977, the band reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart with their recording of "The Floral Dance", where they stayed for nine weeks, only surpassed at the time by "Mull of Kintyre" (the first UK single to sell more than two million copies, and third best selling UK single of all time). It was arranged for the band by Derek Broadbent. The b-side was a version of "Girl With The Flaxen Hair", although some copies had a composition by Broadbent entitled "Bachelor Girls" as its B-side. The single also reached #37 on the Australian charts. The corresponding album, The Floral Dance, reached Number 10 in the UK Albums Chart.
In July 2011, starting with concerts at Durham Cathedral and at London's Barbican Hall, they began a UK tour with The Unthanks, performing new brass arrangements of songs from all four Unthanks albums, as well as new material. A live album, The Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, was released in July 2012.
- Yorkshire Regional Champions - Winners 2010, 2011, 2014.
- National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain - Winners 2010, 2011.
- Yorkshire Regional Champions - Winners 2011.
- National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain - Winners 2011.
- "St George's Hall, Bradford Results: 2010 Yorkshire Regional Championships". 4barsrest.com. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "Brighouse and Rastrick win coveted Championship title". Bradford & West Yorkshire (BBC). 11 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 78. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Results: 2011 Yorkshire Regional Championship". Bradford & West Yorkshire (4BR). 6 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- The Floral Dance
- Recorded in Edmonton, Alberta in 2005 at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.
- Whiter Shade of Pale
- Deck the Halls
- Live and Let Die
- Entrance of the Gladiators by Julius Fučík