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    not quite...

    What about Desford? - they won in 1991 on Energy off number 3

    JR
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    might work here?

    [QUOTE=It's only brass banding;848272]One wonders if this really makes any difference. Remember we are talking about amateur brass banding here. Generally the better quality bands will rise to the...
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    Agreed - but the problem is likely to be a timing...

    Agreed - but the problem is likely to be a timing constraint as much as anything (extreme difficulty notwithstanding)

    With regard to suitablity of SA pieces dont forget many were scored for 4...
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    I'm showing my age....

    You're right about a Volcano re-eruption - not so much Changing Cells...

    I played at the Area on Introduction and Allegro - and then the following day sat through every band on Intro, Elegy and...
  5. Thread: areas 2014

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    Great music but there's a major problem - we...

    Great music but there's a major problem - we can't ignore the fact that classics of the old repertoire were written long before percussion was allowed - it isnt fair in this century to choose pieces...
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    classic of the genre...

    ...and me

    JR
  7. Fair enough, we will just have to agree to differ...

    Fair enough, we will just have to agree to differ - I've conducted in all the major contests in Britain and some abroad inc. Norway, Switzerland, France, Austria and NewZealand - and adjudicated in...
  8. Being There

    Have you ever been to the Yorks Area? - you might change your mind after a visit, particularly (though not exclusively) after the top section...

    John R
  9. Better than expected?

    So did I - a full hour's worth. I 've known Duncan for 30 years and Lee Skipsey used to play for my band before he went to Dyke - they both came across very well. So did Adrian Harrison and the...
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    As when On Ratcliff Highway was chosen for 1st...

    As when On Ratcliff Highway was chosen for 1st section final a few years ago - and some passages therein for five troms...

    JR
  11. Thread: Harry Lear

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    Richard Marshall joined the "old" Rothwell...

    Richard Marshall joined the "old" Rothwell (Wallace Arnold) in time for the Grand Shield in 1991 and helped us get 2nd on Carnival Romain - he was 15 at the time

    I remember taking one of Tom...
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    Grand Shield policy

    Difficult one this - you could easily argue that Harmony Music was more difficult than Red Priest..

    Though there have been recent choices of ex Open pieces that really pushed it e.g. Night to...
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    Senior Cup conditions...

    Just with regard to the Senior Cup Pavilion Theatre conditions:

    In a slightly excitable moment towards the end of our performance I nearly decapitated an unfortunate gentleman
    who was sat...
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    No John R

    No

    John R
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    I would say without hesitation that A Malvern...

    I would say without hesitation that A Malvern Suite is the best original 4th section test piece of the last 30 years - you need a good solo cornet though....

    John R
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    If so they look really promising this time! ...

    If so they look really promising this time!

    John R
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    Is this official? JR

    Is this official?

    JR
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    I bet percussion sections wouldn't! JR

    I bet percussion sections wouldn't!

    JR
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    [QUOTE=cockaigne;836798]Theme? Remember that the...

    [QUOTE=cockaigne;836798]Theme? Remember that the regional/national championships have their own discrete criteria and selection process for test-pieces. QUOTE]

    What's that then??

    John R
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    John O' Gaunt hasn't dated... JR

    John O' Gaunt hasn't dated...

    JR
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    It was definitely 74 for Stanshawe in the Kings...

    It was definitely 74 for Stanshawe in the Kings Hall - fastest Force of Destiny since Alex Mortimer!

    They also went on to get a prize at the Open that year in the same hall on James Cook

    I can...
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    Dont think this is entirely correct - from memory...

    Dont think this is entirely correct - from memory I think Lupu won several contests in the 60s before entering the Leeds
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    ...mmm, Emanuel Ax, the great pianist doesn't...

    ...mmm, Emanuel Ax, the great pianist doesn't seem to have been damaged by winning the Rubinstein piano competition nearly 40 yrs ago though
    ..or Radu Lupu winning the Leeds etc etc


    JR
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    main problem!

    ...and there's next to no percussion...but the 3rd section needs 4 players!

    The quote above highlights the main problem - there's no published strategy from the Panel as to criteria that have to...
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    A Freudian slip?!! - or are you referring to Mr...

    A Freudian slip?!! - or are you referring to Mr Birtwistle?

    John R
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