Prompted by a pm session with Stephen Clapton, I don't wish to appear sycophantic as I know the composer frequents this forum, but it's so common for complaints to come out when a set test piece doesn't come up to scratch for different individuals, that it's nice to be able to do the reverse when the reverse is true! Judging by my own reaction (of course!) and the reaction of many at Fulham Brass Band, with Harrogate looming this weekend, I think it's fair to say that a certain P. Sparke has come up with a winner with his Four Noble Truths. Though I realise it wasn't (I think) written specifically as a contest piece, it has, nevetheless, proved a hit with many in the band I've spoken to. Sure, some of the reaction was 'Wasn't sure about it at first', but the 'at first' tells its own story, namely that they like it now. One of those rare pieces set for a lower section contest that's as enjoyable to play as it is to listen to. Although I won't be with Fulham for much longer, I do hope they include the work in any forthcoming concerts they embark upon.