What an excellent BBC Radio 3 series this is! I've listened to this week's programmes partly because I wanted to hear the brass band numbers included. I'd not previously heard Thomas Wilson's Refrains and Cadenzas (the Grimethorpe recording) or John Pickard's test piece Eden, with BAYV's Albert Hall performance (I wonder why the BBC chose not to play Leyland's winning performance?). I certainly wasn't disappointed. The less substantial Echoes of Tim Souster was played by Besses o' the Barn with electronic effects -- a piece one is unlikely to encounter on a live programme. It was particularly interesting that these band pieces were included in programmes of music played by various combinations (orchestral, choral, etc.) without patronizing comments; in fact treating them just as normal, legitimate performances like any other on the programme. Full marks to the BBC and presenter Martin Handley (with the influence of Paul Hindmarsh?). This could make up for the slack presentation of the recent Black Dyke programme on Radio 2 that seems to have offended some folks. There was a lot of other attractive music on offer that was new to me, including a couple of beautiful choral works: James McMillan's The Gallant Weave" and Geraint Lewis's The Souls of the Righteous (in memoriam William Mathias).