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Changes at Brighouse

Changes at Brighouse as Brass in Concert Champions welcome a nearly new soprano, new euph but lose a solo horn.



The Brass in Concert and Yorkshire Regional Champions, Brighouse and Rastrick Band have announced that assistant principal cornet player Martin Irwin has taken up their vacant soprano cornet position.

British Open Soloist

Martin previously played Ssprano with the band between 1996 and 2001, rejoining on B flat cornet in 2006. He is no stranger to success with the sop having been part of the triple champion band in 1998 and also winning the best soloist award at the British Open in 1998.

Meanwhile, Sean Conway joins on second euphonium from Lindley. Sean has already enjoyed a victory at Brass in Concert and recently deputising for Michael Howley on solo euphonium.

He (Martin) is no stranger to success with the sop having been part of the triple champion band in 1998 and also winning the best soloist award at the British Open in 19984BR


One man soon to be departing though after seven years with the band is Melvyn Bathgate who steps down to concentrate on his business interests.

Publicity Officer John Ingman told 4BR: "The band wish Melvyn all the best but are fortunate not to be losing his services completely as he is keen to get actively involved in the running of the band as a committee member. Current first horn player Daniel Powell steps up to take over Melvyn’s solo horn position."


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