Queensbury-based band to represent England at 2012 European Championships

Advertiser Series: Members of the Black Dyke Band celebrate their win in Preston Members of the Black Dyke Band celebrate their win in Preston

A Bradford brass band will represent England in the 2012 European Championships in Rotterdam after it was crowned national champion.

Queensbury-based Black Dyke Band lifted the English National Brass Band Championship trophy for only the second time in its history in the contest held at Guild Hall, Preston.

Another famous band, Brighouse and Rastrick, was placed third.

Black Dyke conductor, Dr Nicholas Childs, was ecstatic about the band’s performance. He said the band “delivered in every department” as it played Elgar Variations and Vienna Nights.

However, it was not straightforward, according to Mike Shenton, the band's secretary. He said the competition was of a very high standard, as could be expected from some of the best talent in the country.

Mr Shenton said “considerable concentration and harmonious team-work” enabled Black Dyke Band to come out on top.

Another winner for the band came in the form of Richard Marshall, who was awarded Best Instrumentalist at the competition. His performance on Principal Cornet impressed both the judges and his own conductor, Dr Childs.

Dr Childs said: “The band was delighted and proud at Richard’s performance. He scored all the right goals and played brilliantly.”

Mr Shenton said “substantial preparation” will be required to outplay stronger performances from Europe's best brass bands in Rotterdam next year.

However, until then, the band is performing at various locations around the country, such as Birmingham, where it will be competing in the British Open Brass Band Championship on September 3.

It will also be entertaining crowds at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in front of a crowd of 80,000 on August 27.

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7:49am Wed 29 Jun 11

Apollo says...

Excellent news and very well done to all concerned.
Excellent news and very well done to all concerned. Apollo
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8:47am Wed 29 Jun 11

mostlyharmless says...

Great news for Dyke, but how on earth did Brighouse come 3rd? Read some of the reviews - they were apalling compared to some of the competition.

Oh wait, who did one of the adjudicators used to conduct..... ah!
Great news for Dyke, but how on earth did Brighouse come 3rd? Read some of the reviews - they were apalling compared to some of the competition. Oh wait, who did one of the adjudicators used to conduct..... ah! mostlyharmless
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4:53pm Sat 2 Jul 11

Up with the partridge says...

To be honest I find Black Dyke rather dull these days. Their concerts seem more about giving individual albeit very talented musicians the chance to perform solos to show us how good the are, often playing pieces more suited to an orchestra. I last saw them at Symphony Hall in Birmingham and was frankly bored towards the end - such a shame.
To be honest I find Black Dyke rather dull these days. Their concerts seem more about giving individual albeit very talented musicians the chance to perform solos to show us how good the are, often playing pieces more suited to an orchestra. I last saw them at Symphony Hall in Birmingham and was frankly bored towards the end - such a shame. Up with the partridge
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