Brass and voices make magic

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BRIGHOUSE and Rastrick Band proved their championship status and delighted local fans with an immaculate display of Christmas music in their home town.

Capacity audiences at the band’s matinee and evening concerts at Central Methodist Church were left in no doubt that that band was playing at the peak of its capacity.

By popular demand the band was conducted by Dr Chris Davis, who recently retired as principal director of music in the Royal Marines.

Matinee guest performers were the choirs of Rastrick High School, under the direction of Alison Pryce-Jones, who sang a wide range of music from ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Away in a Manger’ to songs from the deep south of the US.

B&R provided a faultless performance of Christmas music and traditional brass band fare including the march ‘The Champions’, Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘Walking with Heroes’, Bizet’s ‘Farondole’ and ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ by Laurisden. A firm favourite was John Williams’ fanfare and flying theme from the film ‘ET’.

Solos of the highest quality were provided by Lucy Murphy (flugel), Stuart Lingard (principal cornet) and David Thornton (principal euphonium), and the audience got the chance to join in on a variety of Christmas carols.

Julie Beaumont, wife of band president Paul Beaumont, said: “This was probably the best Christmas concert that the band has given in Brighouse.”

The band will be in action at Huddersfield Town Hall on January 28 when they will perform with Halifax Young Singers in aid of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, the Mayor of Kirklees’ charity appeal. Tickets are available from the Kirklees booking office on 01484 223200.