Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by BariPower, Dec 16, 2009.
Does anyone have any details on this ?
Who is playing etc... I may have missed it!
All the details are here:
and I have to say that it looks the most exciting FoB for some years. As if the band music were not enough, we also have a number of Philip Jones tribute events and displays. And joy of joy, Seascapes is to be played!
Great communication there between the FoB organisers and the Butlins contest organisers ...
Different audiences within the brass band community don't you think?
Not at all. I've been to both in the past. That made me really popular with t'other half...
Not convinced; I'm commited to going to Butlins with my band, but I would have liked to go the the RNCM as well.
Nice one, cheers for the link!
How can you be sure they haven't communicated?
Even if they hadn't communicated, what makes you sure that each organising party had the option of another weekend to stage their event on?
Typical 'swipe from a distance' bander
Well, I've always had to make a choice between the two (for a different reason than most) and this will be my 6th? straight year to RNCM (and never been to Butlins).
Looking at the responses so far...it seems primarily the MDs that are upset about missing RNCM (in favour of Butlins) rather than players.
Perhaps more players should (follow their MDs lead and) favour hearing the top bands and the best new music over a **** up?
Hmm. Go to an event which plays three days' worth of great music for its own sake, or go to an event which prostitutes music for sport and you get to hear the same piece over and over again. Tough call, chaps! (Only kidding!)
Or as Harry Hill might put it, "well, I like music, but I also like sport. But which is better? There's only one way to find out....FIGHT!
See you after the break!
Little bit unfair, guys. For many people banding is as much (maybe more) about the social side as it is music. Fantastic event though the RNCM Festival is, it doesn't offer quite the same opportunities to meet and socialise that Butlins does. Plus, for my money, Butlins is now the best contest in the calendar, and there is an opportunity to hear new stuff in the Sunday entertainment contest - certainly not as advanced as the stuff you hear at the RNCM, but in many ways more relevant to everyday banding, in that it's more likely to be music that players in the audience will want to try out at their own bands. By way of a personal example, Coppull & Standish (a 4th section band) have been playing music by Peter Meechan as a direct result of me hearing it at Butlins, whereas they are unlikely to attempt any of the pieces on show at the RNCM.
Please understand that's not me doing the RNCM down in any way, I've heard some fabulous performances there over the years and long may it continue! But I also appreciate that the more rarefied music festival ambience isn't everyone's cup of tea.
Personally I'm a bit gutted that they clash, but I suspect there is a lot more to it than "communication" - trying to co-ordinate rehearsal and performance schedules for that many top section bands, plus the soloists, plus the RNCM band, plus all the MDs, 4 weeks after Christmas must be well nigh impossible anyway, without taking other banding events into consideration. It can't happen much earlier because I would imagine the bands need three weeks after the Xmas break to get the programmes together, if it happens any later it presumably starts to clash with rehearsal schedules for the earliest Area contest - usually Yorkshire - and that's before you take into account other events at the RNCM.
Of course. Hence the exclamation marks.
It would if everyone went!
The choice is between visiting a galeswept penal colony on North Sea coast, or - er - the diesel fume-infused sink which is Oxford Road, Manchester. Actually, now that I think of it, the choice isn't quite so clear cut after all....
You forgot the ever-present aroma of chips and kebabs which enrich the Oxford Road experience - anyway, I thought we all went to the RNCM to admire the architecture?
Will the band concerts be broadcast?
Probably, but the days when the BBC broadcast highlights over five days from most, if not all of the concerts seem to have gone - no doubt because Paul Hindmarsh is no longer at the BBC. Last year, if memory serves, we got a single programme featuring highlights from just two of the concerts (thereby managing to miss the single biggest highlight of the festival - Simon Dobson's Penlee). But we live in hope! In the past the broadcast has gone out on Radio 3, usually in February or March.
I can't. Even so, I reserve the right to believe that it's most likely that they didn't, until presented with evidence to the contrary.
guilty until proven innocent? hmmm
No, just probability ...
i wanted to go to butlins but my mums making me go to the RNCM
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