With Howard Lorriman's version of 'Rienzi' now selected for the Areas, I took time out to listen to arrangements/transcriptions of various orchestral overtures. These included many gems from the past and an array of titles which have been recently added to publishers' collections. One really stuck out as being 'fresh' and so well written for bands of any era. The overture was Edrich Siebert's 'The Accursed Huntsman' (Cesar Frank). [I only have brass band recordings of Sun Life and Fodens playing this.] Last contest I could find it being used was the 1999 Northern Ireland Championships. Close to that was Geoffrey Brand's version of Dvorak's 'Carnival Overture'. Again, superbly written and would test today's top bands. Have you any favourite orchestral overture that has been written for band and what are your reasons for liking it so much?