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Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Brighouse and Rastrick Band has been forced into a change of conductor ahead of the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain, after strict COVID restrictions prevented David King from travelling from Australia to work with the band.

The West Ridings band, which has triumphed three times at the Royal Albert Hall under David King’s baton since 2010, has opted for Valaisia Brass Band’s Swiss conductor, Arsène Duc, who will work with fellow conductor Stig Mærsk in a bid to bring the famous trophy home.

Ste Cavanagh, chairman of Brighouse and Rastrick Band, explained: “Brighouse and Rastrick hasn’t prepared for a National final without Professor David King for over a decade. It’ll be a new way of preparing for a major contest for the majority of the team, but it provides an exciting opportunity to work with Arsène Duc and Stig Mærsk in our professional conductor’s absence. We’re delighted this contest is still going ahead and we’re hungry to compete for the famous trophy once again.”

Since taking the reins, David King has guided Brighouse and Rastrick to Nationals victories on Terra Australis, by Martin Ellerby (2010), Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Breath of Souls (2011) and Gallery, by Howard Snell (2017). Second places came in 2012 and 2015 and the band was third in 2014, 2016 and 2018.