Brighouse retain the National Championship Title

It's a ninth national title for B&R and a fifth for solo euphoniumist, David Thornton.

The name of Brighouse and Rastrick will be the 100th to appear on the list of National Champions of Great Britain after Professor David King led the Yorkshire champion to victory at the Royal Albert Hall.

 "A compelling performance of Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘Breath of Souls’ saw the band, referred to by the conductor as, ‘the great purple bunch’, retain the most famous banding trophy in the world."

This completes David Thornton's fifth national brass band title as a solo euphonium player, adding to the four won with the Black Dyke Band (2001, 2004, 2008, 2009). "It is always a thrill to win any contest, but to win the 100th Championship at the Royal Albert Hall and on a test-piece with such a prominent and difficult euphonium part - that felt very special indeed."
The National Brass Band Championship Trophy (pictured right) was made by Fattorini and Sons (based in Harrogate) and Brighouse have now won the title nine times (1946, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1997, 1998, 2010, 2011).
The band (along with David Thornton) will be performing all over the UK during the next twelve months - come and see the National Champions!
For details of the band's engagements click here.
Full Results (Contest held at the Royal Albert Hall - 15/10/11)
1. Brighouse & Rastrick, Professor David King 
2. Fairey (Geneva), Russell Gray 
3. Cory, Dr Robert Childs
4. Beaumaris, Gwyn Evans
5. Tredegar, Ian Porthouse
6. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery, Phillip McCann
7. Foden's, Allan Withington
8. Flowers, Paul Holland
9. Hepworth, Michael Fowles
10. Co-op Funeralcare, Dr Nicholas Childs
11. Redbridge, Jeremy Wise
12. Virtuosi GUS, John Berryman
13. Reg Vardy, Ray Farr
14. Exchange Communications Whitburn, Michael Bach
15. Rothwell Temperance, David Roberts
16. Pemberton Old DW, Mark Bentham 
17. EYMS, Alan Morrison
18. Woodfalls, Gareth Pritchard
19. Thoresby Colliery, Philip Harper
20. Zone One, Richard Ward
Best Instrumentalist: Glen Van Looy (euphonium) - Beaumaris

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