I was really pleased to see that Kenneth Downie has been offered a high profile commission to write for next year's European finals. I rate Ken's music very highly and he has quite a distinctive voice. Whatever the piece turns out to be, I'm sure it will be very "musical" with "good tunes in it" as Richard Evans so succinctly put it. I'm sure the bands will really enjoy what he has to offer. Ken has been at the forefront of SA band music for some time now and has written some gems which are widely recognised in the larger brass band world. "In Perfect Peace" must be spread across many a band's library. The future of Salvation Army music (in the days post general release) must be very encouraging with the likes of Ken, Peter Graham, Ray Steadman-Allen et al at the helm and is an inspiration to many young composers. But its even better that these composers are writing for contseting bands and not becoming compartmentalised as purley SA composers. What does any one else think about Ken's music?