It’s time for the battle of the bands, 2011

brighouse and rastrick band
brighouse and rastrick band

BRIGHOUSE and Rastrick Band defends its “Champion Band of Great Britain” title when it competes in the national finals on Saturday.

Twenty bands will compete at the Royal Albert Hall, London, playing Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s composition “Breath of Souls.”

For the first time since 2000 Black Dyke, of Queensbury, failed to qualify for the most prestigious contest in the brass band calendar.

B&R - also holder of the Yorkshire title - will be conducted by Professor David King, who despite living on Australia’s Gold Coast, conducts the band at its major contests.

Band president Paul Beaumont said: “The band is playing better than ever under the outstanding leadership of Professor King, but despite all of the hard work and weeks of rehearsing everything depends on the one performance at the Royal Albert Hall.”

B&R will be hosting Fodens Band on Saturday October, 29, at a massed bands concert at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Such concerts have been held at the town hall every March and October since 1946. Tickets can be obtained on 01484 223200.