National Finals Test Pieces ??

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Blagger, May 20, 2008.

  1. Blagger

    Blagger Member

    Anybody got any ideas/rumours yet?:)

    We have got promoted already - regardless of result but would like something semi-decent for the fourth section finals
  2. smaca

    smaca Active Member

    Only a rumour, but heard that 1st section may be English Heritage.Fantastic piece, but certainly difficult for us artists, the cornet players!!!Can't honestly see it being this----------I think.

    When are they officially announced?
  3. bassmittens

    bassmittens Member

    I hope so - what a cracking piece that would be for the finals, not played it for years! Although bit of a nasty Eb bass part if i remember rightly??
  4. Robin Norman

    Robin Norman Member

    English Heritage would be great, I'd look forward to working on that, some great music.

    Some others I'd like to see for the First Section (my band will probably kill me for this !!!) :-

    Blitz - Bourgeois
    Prelude, Toccata & Fugue (Graduation Day) - Sparke

    What about Resurgam for the 2nd Section.

    Oh, BTW, they're announced usually on June 1st (although they are also usually in the BB for that week which 'hits' doormats on the previous Thursday)

    Looking forward to the trip North to Harrogate and a great weekend in my first finals appearance as a conductor.
  5. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    I really want either Entertainments or Postcards From Home for the 4th section.

    Wish they would announce the test pieces after the last area contest. It's just getting ridiculous now. How much time do they think we need. It's only about 129 days away!
  6. Bass Monkey

    Bass Monkey New Member

    What about: -

    1st Diversion on a Bass Theme, Lloyd George

    2nd London Overture, Philip Sparke

    3rd Three Figures, Herbert Howells

    4th An English Suite for Brass Band, Michael Ball
  7. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    It's not very likely yo be 'Entertainments' is it?! That was used for the 3rd section area a couple of years ago and deemed too hard for a lot of the bands then.

    I know we're good, guys, but come on...... :)

    Or am I just missing a joke there?! :-?
  8. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    I think you'll find it's "George Lloyd"
    Lloyd George was the Prime Minister during the 1st World War.
    No, I wasn't there, and he didn't know my Father !
    (Ref to old song)
    - Wilkie
  9. smaca

    smaca Active Member

    When you subtract summer holidays, and actually count rehearsal days, its not that far away.
  10. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    No, you're not missing a joke. If it was used for the 3rd section area, surely it would be an ideal challenge for 4th section national bands. I don't know about others, but i quite fancy a challenge.

    Any other 4th secton, challenging pieces with something in for horn? ;)
  11. Simon Preshom

    Simon Preshom Member

    here we go again................brass band twilight zone
  12. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member ;)

    It should never have been picked for area at that level.
  13. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    I started a thread on this not so long ago ;
    ALL MODERATORS PLEASE NOTE on the above comment
    Thank You;)
  14. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    That's what I thought - alot of bands stuggled with it from what I heard.

    If it was picked for the 4th section now, you'd have a LOT of very unhappy 4th section players...........
  15. JR

    JR Member


    ..I take it these are for the finals on planet Zog?

    (and I thought Elgar Variations was damned hard for the Senior Cup!)

    John R
  16. dyl

    dyl Active Member


    However, your thread was titled ' What do you fancy for 2008 Lower Section Finals to play as your test piece' whereas this one is asking for people to mention any rumours they've heard.

    Anyone interested in reading's Ian's masterpiece can do so here:

  17. emziesonic

    emziesonic Member

    Counting down already?! :eek: :eek: :eek:
  18. Lyndon Price

    Lyndon Price Member

    Entertainments 4th section...madness, euphonium players would have a meltdown
  19. Blagger

    Blagger Member

    :p oh its not so bad

    Not as mad as Three Figures for 3rd section as mentioned above :eek:
  20. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    Well surely i'm not the only one :-? . Oh dear, i've become desparate!

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