Trio of star signings boost B. & R.

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BRIGHOUSE and Rastrick Band, Yorkshire and National Champions in 2010 and 2011, have announced a trio of star additions to their award-winning line-up.

Kevin Crockford on soprano cornet joins from rival Grimethorpe Colliery Band to boost B & R’s Yorkshire title defence in Bradford next month. At B & R he will be reunited with professional conductor Prof David King. The two men were in the cornet section at Black Dyke Band in 1983.

A brass band member since he was 13, Kevin started out with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. His long career includes performances with the City of Coventry Band, Leyland Vehicles Band and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.

He spent six years with Black Dyke Mills Band until a broken front tooth forced him to put his career on hold. He bounced back through Desford Colliery Band, helping them to win the National trophy in 1989.

He said: “B & R is a band with a huge degree of honour, distinction and a proud heritage. The set up at Brighouse with their dedicated committee and patrons is something that other bands can only sit back and admire.

“It will be great to work with David King again and I’m really looking forward to being part of some great performances with the great B & R.”

The second signing is Matthew Gledhill who returns to B & R from Grimethorpe Colliery and will play alongside Stuart Lingard.

Joining on second baritone is Steven Cavanagh, a talented second-year student at the Royal Northern College of Music. A previous principal baritone of Dobcross Silver Band, he has deputised for such bands as Faireys, Leyland, Marsden and Hepworth.

He said: “I am honoured to join B & R at such a successful period in the band’s 130 year history and I look forward to playing a part in the band’s continuing success.”

B & R president Paul Beaumont said: “We are pleased to welcome Kevin, Matt and Steven to West Ridings to join an already awesome team. I am looking forward to the contest season when, among other titles, we will go for the triple at the Royal Albert Hall.

“With 35 quality concerts in the UK and Europe this year, a continuation of our ground-breaking tour with the Unthanks and a number of CD recordings planned, we are looking forward to a busy year.”

B & R performed live with the Unthanks, nominated in four categories, at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, hosted by Mike Harding, at the Lowry, Salford, last night.