Over the past few days I have been listening again to Checkmate, the music of Sir Arthur Bliss arranged by Eric Ball, played by Yorkshire Imperial, conducted by Denis Carr in 1979. Imps won the National with their performance of this piece in 1978 and this was the subsequent studio recording. It doesn't appear to have been used much, if at all, since. Any opinions on the music? Have you played it? What is your opinion of Eric Ball's arrangement? It sounds like a real blow and I wonder what it would sound like performed by today's top bands.