Brighouse & Rastrick Band has focus on hat-trick of triumphs

Brighouse and Rastrick Band with the trophy after winnign National Brass Band Championships for secodn time in a row. Picture by Gordon Ratcliffe
Brighouse and Rastrick Band with the trophy after winnign National Brass Band Championships for secodn time in a row. Picture by Gordon Ratcliffe

THE district’s top brass bands go head-to-head next weekend in the Yorkshire championships.

Calderdale is well represented at the top level with three bands competing in the championship section.

The 13-strong group includes Brighouse and Rastrick – the current champions and also Champion Band of Great Britain for the last two years.

And the red-hot favourites will again be the band to beat.

“After winning for the last two years, going for the treble is a lot of pressure, but we want to win,” said band spokesman Paul Beaumont.

“We have a fantastic band and our conductor – Prof David King who lives in Australia – has been over two weeks and is extremely pleased with the band.”

In a break from routine, Mr Beaumont said the band would be practising Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week.

Black Dyke, of Queensbury, and Hebden Bridge Band, will be pushing them for the title.

Three bands from the championship section (Brighouse and Rastrick have already qualified) will represent Yorkshire in the national championships to be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The championship section competes late Sunday afternoon at St George’s Hall, Bradford, and the test piece is “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by Derek Bougeois.

The first section, is also Sunday (12.45 pm); the second section, includes Clifton and Lightcliffe Band, Saturday (10.30 am); the third section includes Elland Band, and Huddersfield and Ripponden Band, Sunday (9.15 am); the fourth section, includes Clifton and Lightcliffe B and Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge), Saturday (2.30 pm).