I think it's worth mentioning about the Eikanger Band at the RNCM. As expected the band gave a terrific concert and proved again what a really great ensemble they are. Paul Hindmarsh stated before the programme that due to funding issues, the festival was unable to cover the costs associated with bringing the band from Norway. The band received a fee for the concert but found their own funds to get to Manchester as they simply wanted the chance to perform in the UK at the RNCM Festival. I am sure there are bands (some of whom don't touch the standard of Eikanger) would not travel 10 minutes up the road to perform a fairly run-of-the-mill programme without commanding a large fee. It's brilliant to see a band like this wanting to perform somewhere because they simply love doing it.