B & R Band back on Tyke top

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass band win the Yorkshire Championships 2014
Brighouse and Rastrick Brass band win the Yorkshire Championships 2014

A performance which was described by judges as ‘out of this world’ helped Brighouse and Rastrick Band to reclaim the title as Yorkshire Regional Champions.

B & R fought off stiff competition at the contest at St George’s Hall, Bradford, at the weekend to take the title for the 19th time.

The judges had high praise for the top four bands - B & R, Grimethorpe Colliery, Carlton Main and Black Dyke from Queensbury - who will go on to represent in the region at the Albert Hall in October.

Conductor Prof David King led the band in a blistering version of Kenneth Downie’s ‘St Magnus’, one of the hardest pieces written for the genre, and became the first recipient of the Dr Roy Newsome Memorial Trophy as the winning MD.

B & R’s Stuart Lingard won the award for best principal cornet.

Before flying back to his home in Australia after the victory, Prof King told the banding website 4barsrest, “I am thrilled and delighted for the band.

“It was an outstanding performance. I am also very honoured to be the first recipient of the Roy Newsome award. It made this a very special victory.”

Also in the Championship section, Black Dyke, of Queensbury, came fourth and recently promoted Hebden Bridge were 13th. Last year’s winners Carlton Mail Frickley Colliery finished third.

It was also a winning day for Elland Silver Band which topped the second section with principal cornet Sam Harrison winning the award for best soloist.

Conductor Danny Brooks said: “The band has worked so hard for this. They are a great bunch - more like a family, which makes winning pretty special.”

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band finished in sixth position in the first section.

And, Clifton and Lightcliffe B came top of the fourth section. Elland Silver and Clifton and Lightcliffe B qualify for the lower section finals of the national championships at Cheltenham Race Course in September.