Brighouse and Rastrick Band have reclaimed the title as Yorkshire Regional Champions for the first time since 2011 with a performance which has been described as ‘out of this world’.
B & R fought off stiff competition at the Championships at St George’s Hall in Bradford to take the title for the 19th time.
The judges had high praise for the top fourth bands - B & R, Grimethorpe Colliery, Carlton Main and Black Dyke - who will go on to represent 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, who made an outstanding contribution to the band’s performance, won the award for best principal cornet. Prof King told banding website 4barsrest after the victory, “I am thrilled and delighted for the band. It was an outstanding performance. I am also very honoured to the first recipient of the Roy Newsome award. It made this a very special victory.”
The result has confirmed B & R’s intention to make 2014 a successful year in competitions and concerts.
On March 22 the band will be in action at Huddersfield Town Hall with Halifax Young Singers and at Halifax Minster on April 5.
It was also a winning weekend for Elland Silver Band which topped the second section. Clifton & Lightcliffe Band finished in sixth position in the first section, with the B band coming top of the fourth section.