Sorry if there's already a thread posted for this, can't find it on tmp. Can find one about the testpieces but not the bands taking part. Not sure when the prediction contest will be up and running, sure the mods will tell us soon. Yorkshire Area Contest is only two weeks away and just wondering if people who are competing have any thoughts they could share in the forum. Will be interesting to hear opinions on anything from the venue to the bands involved. I've played at St. Georges for many years and have also competed and National Finals and think it's one of the finest halls I have every played in. It was designed specifically as a concert hall and in my opinion serves it's purpose perfectly. Only criticism I have is the amount of stairs from the dressing rooms to the stage and then steps onto the stage. Is there a lift backstage that can be used for anyone who is unable to climb the stairs or failing the presence of a lift do the committee and stewards have contingency plans to accomodate less able bodied players? Something I've often thought about and it occurs to me now as I have a friend who plays who's in a wheelchair but doesn't compete in the Yorkshire area. Anyone know?