We caught up with Solo Euphonium player of the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Chris Robertson, ahead of the band's performance at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 4 April 2020 as part of the Leeds Best of Brass 2019/20 series.
How long have you played with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band?
I joined just over a year ago, in September 2018.
What's the best thing about playing in a brass band?
Learning and developing the ability to play a musical instrument!
What’s your highlight so far with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band?
Playing at the European Championship in Switzerland, or winning the Yorkshire Area!
How did you get involved with playing a brass instrument?
The local brass tutor Mike Robertson came to our primary school when I was ten and asked who wanted to play, I raised my hand, and fifteen years later here I am.
What was your earliest musical experience?
Sang Little Donkey at my local Sunday School when I was about 5 in the Nativity play. Mum cried.
Who has been your biggest influence?
I couldn’t pick just one!
Do you enjoy practising or find it a chore?
Never a chore, and always with a goal.
Were your parents musical?
Not particularly, none us had ever heard of a euphonium back then at least!
What piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
Solo: Arban Carnival of Venice
Band: Anything by Gordon Langford
What’s the best and worst things about performing?
What can the audience expect from a performance by the Brighouse & Rastrick Band?
A good mix original works and arrangements, with a wide variety of solo pieces from many of our principal players. Brighouse have a vibrant sound and show plenty of emotion and character throughout our concerts. Hopefully a bit of comedy too but some serious repertoire for the traditional audience member, and a lot of fun!
View the Leeds Best of Brass 2019/20 brochure online
Leeds Best of Brass Series 2019/20:
Saturday 19 October 2019 - Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
Saturday 16 November 2019 - Tredegar Town Band
Saturday 7 December 2019 - Leyland Band
Saturday 18 January 2020 - Black Dyke Band
Saturday 8 February 2020 - Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Saturday 7 March 2020 - Foden's Band
Saturday 4 April 2020 - Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Saturday 25 April 2020 - Rothwell Temperance Band