Aside from the arguments about having two adjudicators at the areas I wanted to see what other people think about this. London & Southern Counties have announced that David Read will be the Championship section adjudicator in March. This means, as he is also adjudicating in Scotland, that this is the 4th year in a row where London have had an adjudicator that will have already been involved in another area at the Regionals. I have a couple of problems with this, the first is very simple! Are there really not enough experienced people around to have seperate adjudicators at 7 different regionals? I'm sure the answer to this is no. Why why why do we haveto see the same faces in the box? I completely agree with the fact that the likes of David Read and Roy Roe and Geoffrey Whittham are all incredibly experienced men but there are other people. What about the dozens of brass players that have come through the brass band scene and now hold seats with professional orchestras up and down the country? Eric Crees was used at the Masters but because he had a different opinions to certain other adjudicators his name has dissapeared from all boxes. My second gripe is that having an adjudicator at more than one contest for the regionals means that he has already shown exactly what he is looking for from the performance. This surely can only lead to bands being able to then prepare their performances to mirror image an already winning performance! This takes away any musicality from the performance, I could agree with listening to a performance to get ideas from other musicians but the idea of trying to play a piece the same way as another band is ridiculous. We hear over and over again that the brass band movement needs to move forward yet we seem scared to do anything about this and are more interested in making sure we can do whatever we can to win a contest, regardless of what it might do to the music. Sorry to rant but now that we (London) are in our 4th year of 2nd hand adjudicators I thought I might express my feelings.