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Death of Peter Teal

Thursday 16 January, 2020

The death has been announced of former Brighouse and Rastrick co-principal cornet player, Peter Teal.

Peter started playing cornet at the age of six under the supervision of his father, Ronald, and joined Clifton and Lightcliffe Band while his dad was conducting there.

Progressing quickly, he played a duet, at the age of seven, at the Halifax Victoria Theatre with Willie Lang, who was then principal cornet of Black Dyke.

Continuing his development, Peter moved to Crossley Carpets Works Band where his reputation grew further.

In 1958 Peter joined Brighouse and Rastrick, where he was to spend three decades. For a short time, he was principal cornet before becoming co-principal and was instrumental in Brighouse and Rastrick’s victories at the National Brass Band Championships, playing alongside his friend Tony Whittaker and taking the solo passages on High Peak in 1969 and Freedom in 1973.

Renowned for an expressive, lyrical quality to his playing, Peter retired from Brighouse and Rastrick in 1989 but continued to help out other bands and played with the Drighlington and Diggle Bands.

His playing career came to a close following his involvement with the celebrated Kings of Brass.

A spokesperson for Brighouse and Rastrick Band praised Peter as a good friend and colleague and a fine servant to the band throughout his three decades of involvement.
Peter’s funeral will be held at Park Wood Crematorium, Park Road, Elland HX5 9HZ on Monday, January 27 at 9.45 am.