The comments made in the score by this years 'Open' composer Bramwell Tovey make for interesting reading, but raise several questions on how it will actually be implemented and controlled. The main comment refers to the bass section and the 8va parts, but how will an adjudicator know if a band has altered the scoring elsewhere in the piece? How does a conductor interpret the comment 'alterations to the scoring of the work'? Does this mean that bands who play a 3rd cornet part on the front row will be penalised? Does this mean that a conductor who maybe 'stengthens' a chord by adding another instrument will get points deducted? If such a comment has been made within the score, would it not be better to check each part before the band go on stage and then inform the adjudicators of any 'foul' play? These alleged 'alterations' are easy to spot when you are familiar with the music and sat as a member of the audience, but I really can't see how an adjudicator will be able to assess whether other 'subtle' alterations to the score have taken place when they are confined within a wooden box. Cast your mind back to the areas when an adjudicator announced from the stage that he had accused a band for 'altering' a solo passage, when infact they hadn't! I know bands have been penalised in the past for 'sharing' cadenzas and using excessive 8va on the bass sections, but it will be interesting to see whether or not the adjudicators will be following Bramwell Tovey's instructions. I can see some big worms emerging from the tin when the band that has 'allegedly' altered the score are announced as winners! I look forward to your comments . . . .