I've just received my copy of the Dyke 'Trumpets of the Angels' Cd. Some fantastic playing and fantastic music. A particular favourite of mine is 'Age of the Kings' and I wondered whether this may work in a testpiece context. At 21:44 it is very long but no longer than the Bourgeois Concerto Grosso. I'm more thinking of the additional players that would be needed (4 Horns instead of the normal 3, Two Off-stage Trumpets, 2 Sops, 2 Flugals and 5 Percussionists including two sets of Timps) It is a real shame that, because of the increased instrumentation, I don't think this piece will get the performances it deserves. It would make a cracking area or open tester but, with the additional instrumentation, I think most people will write it off. I wonder if there's any chance of Professor Gregson 'scaling it down' in terms of instrumentation so all bands can take a look at it at times other than massed band occasions. For those of you that haven't heard it I highly recommend it, a great piece for Brass Band that I personally think the movement could do with more of.