Kathleen Gaspoz Makes History with Brighouse and Rastrick

Kathleen Gaspoz has become Brighouse and Rastrick’s first female Principal Cornet in the band’s 136 year history.

The RNCM postgraduate was offered the position by Professor David King after the conductor saw her perform during a College masterclass. Prior to this, she played Principal Cornet with the National Youth Band of Switzerland and the European Brass Band, and was latterly repiano with Black Dyke.


She said: ‘It’s a privilege to be appointed Principal Cornet of the famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band and to fulfil a lifelong goal like this. The musicality of Professor David King has always been a source of inspiration for my playing and it is a huge honour to have his support.

‘It’s been an absolute pleasure to play with Black Dyke for the past two years. I will take with me some fantastic experiences and memories with Black Dyke and of course some lifelong friends.’