British Open Testpieces

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Borfeo, Jun 2, 2004.

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  1. Borfeo

    Borfeo Member

    Fresh from 4barsrest

    "4BR has been informed that a test piece revolution has occured for the forthcoming British Open Championships.

    "For the first time since 1941, the bands will be given the choice of one of three test pieces to perform on the day"

    ~ editor, 4barsrest.com
    For the first time since 1941, the bands will be given the choice of one of three test pieces to perform on the day.

    The organisers have given the competing bands the choice of Contest Music by Wilfred Heaton, Montage by Peter Graham or St. Magnus by Kenneth Downie to play.

    Unlike the All England Masters where the bands vote from a prepared list to see which piece they will all perform, individual bands will be able to make their own choice from this list to perform at the contest themselves.

    This could mean an eclectic selection as bands and their MD's chose which piece they think will bring out the best in them, whilst the audience will get the chance to hear possibly three different set works on one day.

    Contest Music has been used before in 1988 at the contest, whilst Montage was used at the All England Masters Championships in 1994. St. Magnus was used as recently as this year's European Championships in Glasgow.

    It will be the first time since 1941, when bands had the choice to play Academic Festival Overture, Robin Hood or The Crusaders, whilst the following year bands were given a choice of two of Lorenzo or Pageantry.

    The move will create immense interest and debate for sure, whilst the next few weeks will see band rehearsals take on a new twist as contenders dust off two existing classics and fork out a few quid on the recent European Set Work. "


    Sounds like a brave move, and three test piece choices to be proud of, all of them great works. Roll on the Open
     
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