From a flier recently received, I see there's a notable series of band concerts starting tonight at the Gala Theatre, Durham. Following the fuss made at the Brighouse concert held at the same place a while back, it seems the advertisers have learned their lesson. The heading says: "In keeping with the adventurous and celebratory spirit of the festival the programme of all three bands will include work that is complex, contemporary and challenging. Some work may be unfamiliar but quality, skill and passion for the music is quaranteed." The concerts are: 11 June, 7:30 Grimethorpe Colliery/Elgar Howarth/soloists 19 June, 7:30 Reg Vardy Brass Band/Ray Farr/soloists 25 June, 7:30 Brighouse & Rastrick/Ray Farr/soloists From the titles listed, these concerts are definitely aimed at those who have progressed beyond deckchair music in the park and not those seeking to hear the "Floral Dance".