Rare chance to hear King of the cornet

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BRIGHOUSE and Rastrick Band’s dynamic professional conductor Professor David King will be seen and heard when he leads the musicians in a concert appearance at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, on February 26.

For not only will David be conducting the National Champions but there will also be a rare opportunity for local audiences to hear his talent on the cornet when he appears as guest soloist.

David, who led B&R to victory in the Yorkshire Championships and then at the Nationals at the Royal Albert Hall in London, moved from his native Australia to study at Salford College of Music, graduating with distinction in 1985 and remaining unbeaten on Bb cornet at the British Open Solo Championships for five consecutive years from 1983. In 1992 he won the prestigious title of International Brass Musician of the Year in Auckland, New Zealand.

It will be David’s first concert appearance in Brighouse though he did conduct the band at Halifax Minster last year. He will be assisted by the band’s resident conductor Sandy Smith. David will also be busy preparing the band for their defence of the Yorkshire Championship title in Bradford on March 6.

The concert starts at 7.15pm and tickets are available from David Howe, concert secretary, on 01484 718835 or from Fawcett stationers.

Tickets also go on sale on Saturday for B & R’s ‘Champion Brass and Voices’ concert with Colne Valley Male Voice Choir at Huddersfield Town Hall on March 26 - and are expected to sell out fast.

An awesome display of musical and vocal power is promised as the band and the choir reunite by popular demand. Sandy Smith, musical director of B & R, and Thom Meredith, musical director of Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, are busy assembling a programme that should delight and inspire their fans. The ranks of B&R will include the band’s two new female recruits Laura Hirst and Lucy Murphy, playing in Huddersfield for the first time. The band recently played in Skegness for an audience of 2,000 at Butlin’s.

The Colne Valley choir has won six outright victories at Llangollen Eisteddfords as well as other competitions all over the country.

Tickets for ‘Champion Brass and Voices’ are on sale at Fawcett’s on Saturday from 10am to noon.