The news has just broken of the death of Sir Malcolm Arnold, aged 84. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5374808.stm What a terrible loss to the music world this is, and in particular for us in the Brass Band world. Sir Malcolm Arnold was, as I'm sure you are all aware, a prolific composer of works, both light and serious, for band, and always a staunch supporter of the medium. For many years he resided in Cornwall, near to Padstow much of the time, and is well known to 'banders' for his march The Padstow Lifeboat. A festival of his music to celebrate his 85th birthday, which would have been in a little under a month from now, had been held during this year, in various parts of Cornwall, involving many youth ensembles from the county, including the Youth Orchestras and Brass Band. I have many happy memories of his music, and as a learning composer drew much from it. I, for one, am saddened to think that the opportunity for one more great work has passed.