SUCCESS BREEDS success in the brass band world, it seems. Black Dyke should know for they have just been crowned European champions for the 13th time.
Their musicians have become used to winning. They are currently British Open and National Champion winners, too.
The latest triumph was in Freiburg in Germany where they beat Belgian, Swiss, Norwegian and Welsh opponents among others.
The contest was over two days with a set test-piece held on the Friday, when all 12 finalists performed a composition by German composer Rolf Rudin entitled God Particle.
Each band then performed their own choice. Black Dyke performed music composed by their Creative Chair of Composition, Professor Peter Graham, called Metropolis 1927.
Such was their musicianship, the 2,000 members of the audience were brought to their feet. Having won the British Open and National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall, claiming the 13th European title in their 160th anniversary year was the icing on the cake.
Black Dyke’s principal euphonium Gary Curtin was the most outstanding soloist. Secretary Mike Shenton said: “Our record is second to none.”
There will be a chance to hear Black Dyke perform on Sunday, May 17, at 3pm at Leeds Town Hall. Phone 01132 243801 for tickets.