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Brighouse and Rastrick win coveted Championship title
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The Brighouse and Rastrick band have been National Champions eight times

Members of the famous Brighouse and Rastrick band are celebrating after winning the National Brass Band Championships for the eighth time.

The band, who had a surprise chart hit with The Floral Dance in 1977, competed against 19 other bands at the Royal Albert Hall to win the coveted title.

Band patrons secretary Andrew Wilkinson said members of the Brighouse and Rastrick deserved their win.

He said: "The boys have worked very hard. They've done the band proud."

There's a very technical element to brass banding at this level. It's very complicated music.
Andrew Wilkinson, Brighouse and Rastrick Patrons Secretary

The Brighouse and Rastrick are riding high just now after also winning the Yorkshire Brass Band Championship in March 2010.

Conducted by Professor David King, the band won the National Championships in London after having played their set piece Terra Australis.

Buzzing atmosphere

Andrew Wilkinson said the atmosphere at the Royal Albert Hall was fantastic.

He said: "The hall holds a lot of people and it was full. There was a lot of excitement and the atmosphere was buzzing.

"We thought it was a very good performance and we hoped we'd be somewhere in the frame.

"But, of course, until the adjudicators come out of their box and make their decision you never know - but you hope."

The Brighouse and Rastrick first won the National Championships of Great Britain in 1946 - and won the prestigious title again in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Andrew Wilkinson said the win was entirely down to the commitment and professionalism of the band's members.

He explained: "There has been a lot of intense work going into it. There were a lot of rehearsals for a few weeks and even more intensively in the last week.

"The amount of detail you need to get down to at this level to produce the goods is tremendous. Full credit to them."

Complicated music

Andrew said the key to the success of the Brighouse and Rastrick was that they really knew the music they were playing.

He said: "There's a very technical element to brass banding at this level. It's very complicated music.

"It's about producing a good sound. A lot of bands can play very loudly and quickly but to get the detail out is very important.

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The Brighouse and Rastrick beat 19 other bands to become Champions

"Also, when you can play slowly with the right sound and the right intonation, and to be able to play tenderly and in a controlled way, that makes the difference."

With young people in the ranks of the Brighouse and Rastrick, Andrew said he believed there was still "a tremendous amount of interest" in the band which he hoped meant it would continue for many years to come.

Hard work

With the 2010 National Championship title now secured, Andrew said it was time to look forward to future successes.

He said: "We have had a bit of a lean time over the past few years. We've been near, we've hoped to do well, and then we've been disappointed.

"I always liken it to football, with Premiership teams coming and going. It's the same with bands.

"We're probably on the up at the moment and hopefully we will be there next year.

"But it's a long way off and the hard work starts now."




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