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The Brighouse and Rastrick Band performing at the Central Methodist Church in Brighouse on 21st June 2008

The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band was formed in 1881. It is based in Brighouse, in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.



The Brighouse and Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by ‘Briggus’ whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur.

The band was formed over 125 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.

Today, it still continues to be supported through public subscriptions and its own fund raising efforts. Its amateur members traditionally pride themselves on being financially independent, never having been beholden to any commercial interest, yet they are still regarded as one of the ‘elite’ on the contest and concert platforms.

Since January 1995, the band have practised at their purpose-built hall and music library called West Ridings at Brighouse High School on Finkil Street in the north of Brighouse near the A644.

Brighouse and Rastrick are currently Brass in Concert Most Entertaining Band (2009 conducted by Richard Evans) and Yorkshire Regional Champions (2010 conducted by Professor David King)

The Floral Dance

In November 1977, the band reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart with their recording of "The Floral Dance", where they stayed for nine weeks, only surpassed at the time by "Mull of Kintyre" (the first UK single to sell more than 2 million copies, and third best selling UK single of all time).[1] It was arranged for the band by Derek Broadbent. The b-side was a version of Mood Indigo, although some copies had a composition by Broadbent entitled Bachelor Girls as it's b-side. The corresponding album, The Floral Dance reached to Number 10 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 78. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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