National Finals Test Pieces

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by CubbRep, May 6, 2006.

  1. CubbRep

    CubbRep Member

    Has anyone heard any rumours as to what test pieces are being used for the finals?
  2. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    No... I'm just waiting for it to be announced.... which hopefully won't be too long now.
  3. Seedhouse

    Seedhouse Active Member

    When do they usually announce them- both the lower sections and the Champ? :-?
  4. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    I reckon the end of the month- but funny how we forget each year when they announce these things eh!.... can't be too long surely though, seeing as bands would need to get hold of music and start rehearsing soon.....
  5. Deano

    Deano Member

    I heard yesterday at the Ebbw Vale contest that all the pieces are being announced on 1st June.
  6. horn-girlie

    horn-girlie Member

    i think the 2nd section final's piece is Alan Fernie's 'gothic danes' if that helps anyone!
  7. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Probably because most bands only qualify once in a blue moon, they don't need to pay attention most years!
  8. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    The Belgian National Finals test pieces will be announced on May 30th ;-)
    Actually, they were selected by last year's adjudicators and kept in closed envellope since then...
  9. Mr_Euniverse

    Mr_Euniverse Member

    I remember playing in the South West regionals in 2002 with SWT Woodfalls, and they announced 'Masquerade' as the finals testpiece even before our area contest! That was extra incentive for me to play that solo euph part!
  10. I wonder when the 2nd section will actually have a piece worth listening to?

    In my opinion, the pieces for both the regionals and final's in the 2nd section have been very technical, but not always very nice to listen to, v.w.'s variations was probably the best to listen to in recent years but even that took me a few listens to get used to it, and even then, it wouldn't get in my list for most listenable pieces.

    3rd section on the other hand, has had some great pieces to listen to, gallimaufry, tam o shanter, vizcaya, cherchebi, northern landscapes, st austell suite (albeit im going back a few years there now), but the point is, is there any pieces out there with the technical difficulty AND the music to listen to that the 2nd section could play?

    a lot of people moaned at how hard images was for the 2nd section, but i couldn't bare to listen to it, let alone play it!, and i felt that belmont variations just got boring in the end at last years final, thank god gallimaufry followed it a day later lol

    soz if this is a bit outa topic but its just a little finals point i wanted to make originally :)
    Last edited: May 25, 2006
  11. ignore me

    ignore me Member

    Images was the first 2nd section piece i've ever had a problem with actually! The moor of Venice and Sword, Jewel etc were both good pieces for the regionals and I played a Philip Sparke variations on a swiss thingy at the nationals, which was both playable and listenable.

    Whoever chooses the test pieces must have been paying attention to all the (recent)grumblings about difficulty as well as noticing the emptier-than-usual halls - surely the panel must now think a little more carefully about which piece the've chosen?!

    p.s. 'gothic danes' - sounds like a rival to the finish eurovision entry!
    (yeah i know it's dances)
  12. horn-girlie

    horn-girlie Member

    oops, didnt notices that typo :oops: :oops:
  13. Matt-Trom939

    Matt-Trom939 Member

    Ive heard several rumours going round that 'The Judges Of The Secret Court' is being discussed as the test piece for the national finals in London. Dunno if theres any truth behind it but to me it seems an odd choice. What do other people think?
  14. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Yep - that's true unfortunately.
  15. chrisgs

    chrisgs Member

    are the pieces meant to be announced today?
  16. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    I hope so. Although I'm going to be away all day, so I'm going to have to wait until tonight until I find out. :(

    I want to know now!!
  17. SammyT

    SammyT Member

    oooo exciting i think i am breaking this.....
    ...the third section piece is sinfonietta in three movements for brassband by gordan langford....will find out others in a moment
  18. SammyT

    SammyT Member

    Here are the others....
    was i first????
    section one is Ballet from 'The Perfect Fool'
    by Gustav Holst. arr Peter Parkes

    section Two - Gothic Dances
    by Alan Fernie

    section four - Valerius Variations. by Philip Sarke.
  19. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

  20. Dave1

    Dave1 Member

    Is the Gordon Langford one the one that was used for Best of Brass many moons ago ?

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