I have just read the announcement by Paul Hindmarsh regarding the Festival of Brass 2009 and immediately thought of the Area Contests. I am aware that Mr Hindmarsh is, or was on the Music Panel and gave thought to his announcement. Next year is quite a significant year regarding three brass band composers and I was wondering as to whether or not we are in fact looking at the music of Gilbert Vinter, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, as well as Philip Wilby (60 this year), John McCabe (70) for the Areas or Finals or BOTH.. I suppose this could get one or two brains working overtime. What’s you view?