Images from the weekend on 4br

Discussion in '2010 National Championships of Great Britain' started by Bayerd, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Anyone else thinking it was a mistake taking photos of the MDs where you can clearly see the audience behind them?......
     
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Makes you wonder how many people are actually interested in listening to other bands, eh?
     
  3. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    When we (Delph) played in the 3rd section, the hall was by no means full, but there was a decent sized audience there. The picture looks like we were playing to no one but the adjudicators, but that wasn't the case at all.
    I've played to far less at other contests that weren't as drawn out as the Nationals weekend.
     
  4. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    I stand corrected, however it does look like the audience turned up disguised as chairs. As I question, is it a mistake to publish photos that give that illusion?
     
  5. Owen S

    Owen S Member

    The unavoidable problem is that if you want to present the results in the same hall, you need somewhere that can hold all or most of the players who are competing in a single section. There are unfortunately few brass band contests that attract a big enough audience to compare with the number of players there, and set-test contests suffer more than most, as do all contests that insist on charging players for entry.

    That said, you can see no-one at all in the seats behind Gareth, yet when we first sat down I looked around the hall, as I often do. At a guess, I saw fifty to a hundred people in there.
     
  6. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Very true, but the angle the pictures were taken from (of the ones I've seen) show the seats to the far right of the stage (As you look at it) and no one would sit there unless the hall was full.

    I've been to BBCNOW gigs in St David's Hall where there have been literally hundreds of people watching, but banks of empty seats to the sides because people don't want to watch from the side unless they have to.
     
  7. Baritonedeaf

    Baritonedeaf Member

    Shame that there are no pictures of the Midlands first section champions! At least there is an apology. Disappointing, but imagine the photographer could not get a clear shot due to the motion blur from our playing... or something (!)
     
  8. worzel

    worzel Member

    Hah, somehow we got our MD's picture in there with the winners despite coming 8th (3rd section retro). I knew that suit had a purpose Simon.
     
  9. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    I sat through a fair chunk of the 4th Section....it was fairly empty from where I was sat....

    I was chatting with Paul Hindmarsh and I think we were in agreement (at least some of) the facilities of the hall make it attractive but it generally looked empty, isn't a particularly nice place in which to play and - from my perspective at least - not a nice place in which to listen.
     
  10. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    Not quite the impact he was looking to make :confused:
     
  11. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    I hope you were chatting with Mr Hindmarsh in the foyer :tongue:
     
  12. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    After a well earned comfort break....in Wetherspoons :D
     
  13. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Was in the hall for 1st and 2nd sections on the Saturday and would say there must have been 100 to 200 people in there. Plenty of others mingling about in the foyer and trade stands too.

    Though there were considerably more bandsman in Wetherspoons, that was heaving.
     
  14. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    So, hands up if you think it's worth all the effort and weeks of practice and all the sacrifice many of the performers will have made to perform to 200 people.
     
  15. David Mann

    David Mann Member

    Shureley you meant 2 people - in the box? ;)
     
  16. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Apart from participation the only position that counts is first and promotion. However as the attendance at the Lower Section Nationals is generally by the higher placed bands in their respective regions how many bands succeed in achieving a promotion via the Nationals final route?

    Why not just let the bands compete that havent been promoted automatically through the area contest? Less bands and a smaller hall.
     
  17. Owen S

    Owen S Member

    Because the main prize is not promotion, but the qudos of being named the national champion band, and the prize money.
     
  18. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Tongwynlais, last year. Delph this year. Neither would have been promoted without winning the Nationals.
     
  19. Simon_Horn

    Simon_Horn Member

    Oh no! If we both qualify in March, we'll have to meet you again at Harroagte next year :(

    Great result by the way last weekend. I think your band are going to do really well in 2nd section. Hopefully we can keep the pace!

    Simon
     
  20. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Well, we were 2nd section last year but got relegated after a few disappointing results.
    I was actually a bit disappointed at the Nationals because I didn't get to hear any bands. I have some good friends who play for Goodwick, but due to circumstances beyond our control we were told to stick together in the hotel.
    Gotta say though, I am very glad we got promoted purely because it's Resurgam :D
     

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