Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band
My Christmas Offering
This evening, 7th December at 19:30, Huddersfield Choral Society and their junior choirs are sharing the platform at Huddersfield Town Hall with the above brilliant band for the Christmas concert.
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.
Huddersfield Choral Society
An internationally famous choir based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 1836, and is recognised as one of Britain's leading choirs. Over the years the choir has performed most of the major works in the choral repertoire, and has had numerous works commissioned for it, including works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton. The choir has made numerous recordings and broadcasts. Two of its albums made an appearance in the UK Albums Chart. These were The Hymns Album (1986, #8) and The Carols Album (1986, #29).
The choir performs regularly with the leading orchestras in the north of England, including the Orchestra of Opera North, The Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and the Northern Sinfonia. The choir performs with many leading conductors, known by the choir as their 'family' of conductors instead of having one Principal Conductor. Martyn Brabbins is Conductor Laureate of the society and other notable conductors to work with the choir regularly include: Vasily Petrenko, Bramwell Tovey and Jane Glover (who was, herself, both Principal Conductor and Principal Guest Conductor of the choir).
Huddersfield Choral Society is fortunate to have as chorusmaster Joseph Cullen, and deputy chorusmaster Darius Battiwalla. Cullen is a grammy award-winning artist who was made famous by his work with both the Huddersfield Choral Society and the London Symphony Chorus.
The latest CDs from HCS
My Christmas Offering
A Christmas Limerick
A red-suited man name of Santa
Travelled the world at a canter
Reindeer pulled his sleigh
For they knew the way
From Ulan Bator to Atlanta
©David L Atkinson December 2012