2015 Press release


The 16th Festival of Brass, organised by the Brighouse & District Lions, featured 26 bands with some stunning playing in the Town Hall Square. One of the largest crowds in the contest’s history saw The Wingates Band take the coveted title, pushed hard by runners-up Elland Silver with The Hepworth Band taking 3rd place.

David Hoyle of BBC Radio Leeds “Yorkshire Brass” was on hand to witness the contest.

The March and Hymn Tune spectacular in this West Yorkshire town has developed into one of the top brass events in the U.K. but this year was a tricky one for the Brighouse Lions with a spectacular storm at 4pm. which halted the contest for a while. Knottingley Silver were the real stars of the show as they battled on through the worst of the weather. What a terrific spirit there is in banding!  Eventually the contest resumed just as it began in glorious sunshine and the results announced about 1 hour behind schedule.

A special prize provided by Sterling Instruments went to the winning band and a star soloist from the Sterling stable will grace a future concert.

Before the results there was a musical tribute to three friends of the Festival who have passed away in the past twelve months. Tony Whittaker, Ken Billington and George Hinchcliffe were remembered with Elland Silver directed by Danny Brooks playing a short concert.

Graham Ward MC kept the non-stop show moving along well. The adjudicators were David Hirst, Gordon Higginbottom and David Ashworth.

Lion President Pamela Lumb thanked all concerned and especially the sponsors: Sterling Musical Instruments, Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Blakeley’s Fish Restaurant, Webster’s Insurance Services, Kirklees Music, No. 43 Coffee House, Mr. & Mrs. Weyland Roberts and Brigitte Matthews, Calderdale Council and Barclays Bank, Brighouse.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun. Lisa Lambert opened the event.

The opening event of the Festival on Friday evening was given by Kirklees Music Brass directed by Dennis Wilby, who entertained a large crowd at The Beck Inn, with a popular programme including solo items featuring Glenn Crisp, Samantha Harrison, Bethan Plant, Charlotte Horsfield, William Rushworth and David Horsfield. This small ensemble is fast gaining a reputation with its innovative programming.

Other members featured in the group were Graham Horsfield, Martin Horsfield, Ian Plant, Tracey Plant, John Horsfield and Dayle Squires.

Saturday’s Gala Concert proved to be a brilliant evening’s entertainment for the full house at the Central Methodist Church.

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band from Minnesota, USA gave a memorable performance with popular music on their special Independance Day, the 4th of July. Directed by the dynamic

Michael Halstenson, the band were joined by Philip Wilby on the organ.

One of the highlights was “Beyond Far Horizons”, composed especially for the band by Philip a few years ago.

The UK Youth Entertainment Champions, Elland Silver Youth, led by the inspirational Samantha Harrison, proved why they are the No. 1 Youth Band, with their winning selection from Blackpool: “Charlie Chaplin: the story of a sad and lonely tramp . . .”

A presentation was made to David Horsfield, organiser of the Brass Festival by Sydney Swancott, National Chairman of the NABBC, in recognition of David’s long service with the Association.


RESULTS : BRIGHOUSE 2015 (March/Hymn) Positions only no points

1st:  Wingates (1/1)

2nd: Elland Silver (2/3)

3rd:  Hepworth (3/3)

4th:  Knottingley Silver (5/2)

5th:  Marsden Silver (7/5)

6th:  Hebden Bridge (6/8)

7th:  Northop Silver (9/9)

8th:  Meltham & Meltham Mills (12/6)

9th:  Drighlington (4/14)

10th:  Rainford (8/12)

11th:  Skelmanthorpe (17/7)

12th:  South Yorkshire Police (10/17)

13th:  Hade Edge (14/14)

14th:  Diggle (11/17)

15th:  Lake Wobegon (15/14)

16th:  Clifton & Lightcliffe (19/10)

17th:  Elland Silver Youth (20/11)

18th:  Slaithwaite (13/20)

19th:  Skelmanthorpe Prospect (17/20)

20th:  Huddersfield & Ripponden (24/13)

21st:  Royal Buckley (16/22)

22nd: Gawthorpe Brass ’85 (23/19)

23rd: Northop Brass (25/18)

24th: Thurlstone (21/25)

25th: Clifton & Lightcliffe ‘B’ (22/25)

26th: Dobcross Youth (26/24)


Equal positions overall are positioned by the music on the march results

(tie breaker)


D.W.Horsfield, Brighouse Lions Festival Organiser