I don’t think much has been said on this forum about “The Heaton Collection, Volume 4” but the fact it’s been chosen CD of the year on 4barsrest is most encouraging. It contains superb original music for brass band, magnificently performed by Black Dyke. Likewise the runner up CD, “The Golden Year”. I’m encouraged because one might think from much that is written on tMP that music representing the lowest common denominator or the sporting factor is what brass banding is all about. Regarding the Heaton CD, I was hoping to hear Richard Marshall (I much prefer his fine sound) tackle the incredible Sinfonia Concertante but there’s no denying the skills of Martin Winter, who gave the first performance.