So Alan Withington has withdrawn from conducting Co-Operative Funeralcare at the Europeans due to a lack of full rehearsals. Now he knows what it's like for hundreds of other MD's the length and breadth of the country! Good job for all of those bands that their MD's don't pick and choose in the same manner. I have much more respect for those guys than some high profile conductor who can't handle a few empty seats and fears losing some kudos because things might not go well in the contest as a result. This might not be the case, but looks awfully like it.