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    All I know (from one go their players) is that...

    All I know (from one go their players) is that they were playing it during the year before it was the area piece - so 2007. However that's not to say that it was written then, or that they didn't...
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    Thirdly, regarding the possibility of own-choice...

    Thirdly, regarding the possibility of own-choice contests limiting the field of music: I definitely agree that there should be rules about not duplicating another band's selection, and guidelines on...
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    Secondly, a couple of updates for Dave's list: ...

    Secondly, a couple of updates for Dave's list:

    Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was definitely written for the 1993 finals, although I don't know who the commissioner was. English Heritage was written...
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    Firstly, as regards comparative judging...

    Firstly, as regards comparative judging (comparing difficulty levels of pieces): In an ideal world, I have a lot of sympathy for the idea that the only criterion should be "how well did the band play...
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    All excellent suggestions, but none would prevent...

    All excellent suggestions, but none would prevent what I mentioned - a group of bands all picking the same popular/fashionable piece out of the criteria laid down.

    One solution to that might be to...
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    In the incinerator, along with Variations on a...

    In the incinerator, along with Variations on a Ninth!

    Most of the other pieces in this debate so far (with the exception of the Rubbra which is lovely but only really tests soloists and conductor)...
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    Present company excepted, it's not that unusual...

    Present company excepted, it's not that unusual in this day and age to come across a conductor who can't differentiate between what I would regard as self evident contrasts. But there again, we are...
  8. As far as the Nationals is concerned (Finals at...

    As far as the Nationals is concerned (Finals at least) I'm sure that the entry form includes an assignment of all the performers' rights in the contest to Kapitol. Therefore the recorded performances...
  9. Except that someone hearing a really poor...

    Except that someone hearing a really poor rendition and/or recording may well cause them to form an unfairly negative opinion of a piece that puts them off buying the professionally recorded/edited...
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    That's cutting it fine. Shouldn't you be working...

    That's cutting it fine. Shouldn't you be working on the area piece by now? ;)
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    Nowhere near enough people have purchased this ;)

    Nowhere near enough people have purchased this ;)
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    Bingo! Where's Paddy Flower when you need him?

    Bingo! Where's Paddy Flower when you need him?
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    I think your theory might be in trouble. Russell...

    I think your theory might be in trouble. Russell Gray won London with Leyland in 2005 despite being one of our more lilliputian conductors and having to stand on a breadcrate even when the band are...
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    Great stuff, thank you guys :)

    Great stuff, thank you guys :)
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    Many thanks to those who have replied, either...

    Many thanks to those who have replied, either here or via Facebook. I'd love to hear any more reactions anyone has, either positive or negative and just to reiterate that any feedback can be...
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    Many thanks John :) - interesting that players...

    Many thanks John :) - interesting that players liked it more than non-players. Any idea why? The automatic assumption is that the players appreciate the technical aspects of performing the piece even...
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    I know I shouldn't, but..... bump :) Doesn't...

    I know I shouldn't, but..... bump :)

    Doesn't have to be a big essay - just a quick feedback on what you thought from an audience perspective. I've already had some brilliant stuff via facebook and...
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    Were you at Butlins or Bolsover 2013?

    Specifically, did you hear Wingates Band at the Sunday entertainments contest at Butlins, or Derwent Brass at Bolsover a few weeks ago?

    If you did, you will have heard both bands play "Episodes,...
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    It sounds like the forthcoming Sky One programme...

    It sounds like the forthcoming Sky One programme recently trailed on 4BR might have some light to shed on this topic:

    :eek:

    The highlighting is mine. The wider world has now bracketed band...
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    If they were competing against Grimethorpe,...

    If they were competing against Grimethorpe, Fodens, Carlton Main, Fodens, Fairey, Leyland, Flowers and Desford you might have a point, but they're not. On paper they are without doubt the form band...
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    It'll be carnage if that turns out to be true....

    It'll be carnage if that turns out to be true. Rock hard for 4th section. Top piece, mind you.
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    The Queen. She's a massive supporter of bands....

    The Queen. She's a massive supporter of bands. That's why we play her song at every contest. Not very democratic, though.
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    Hold it at Pontins. Job done.

    Hold it at Pontins. Job done.
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    If any year was going to save this contest, it's...

    If any year was going to save this contest, it's this year. The 2014 European is in Perth, which means no flights needed, travel up on the Friday morning after a rehearsal in your own bandroom,...
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    Assuming you mean a standard 40ft shipping container, I'd be very careful. My company used two of these for outside storage for a number of years, and experience taught us not to keep anything in...
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