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Meet Solo Euphonium with Brighouse & Rastrick Band posted 09 Jan 2020

Meet Solo Euphonium with Brighouse & Rastrick Band

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?

Best: Applause
Worst: Pressure

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

 

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