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  1. Thanks for the heads up - am tuning in!

    Thanks for the heads up - am tuning in!
  2. Now I would queue round the block to get into...

    Now I would queue round the block to get into that contest!
  3. If so, what a massive disappointment for Leyland...

    If so, what a massive disappointment for Leyland that they didn't make it to the RAH, since the piece was commissioned by Burgermusik Luzern and a certain Michael Bach.
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    Steady on old chap! That rule has caught me out a...

    Steady on old chap! That rule has caught me out a couple of times too.
  5. Ah - 0.28p as opposed to 0.28. See what you did...

    Ah - 0.28p as opposed to 0.28. See what you did there! :oops:
  6. Slight quibble, 140k x 10 = 1.4m, not 140m. ...

    Slight quibble, 140k x 10 = 1.4m, not 140m.

    140m is 1000 x 140k so 1000 x 0.28p would = 280. Still pretty darn measly!
  7. With respect, I think taxing the internet is the...

    With respect, I think taxing the internet is the worst idea I've heard this year. Besides which, it would be utterly unenforceable. If this were to happen, the money should certainly come out of the...
  8. Slightly off-topic but how about: e) I have...

    Slightly off-topic but how about:

    e) I have always felt that it would be good if adjudicators remarks were published, rather than just made available to bands. Contests often complain about low...
  9. I'm sure that there are many many factors that...

    I'm sure that there are many many factors that have contributed to the declining sales of CDs. I understand that legal downloads don't compensate for the shortfall but that may simply be because...
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    Understood but I did deliberately put SA...

    Understood but I did deliberately put SA 'composers' not just 'repertoire'. I agree that music not originally written as a test piece may not be appropriate for (particularly the top section/s)...
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    2015 will be 150th Birthday of the Salvation...

    2015 will be 150th Birthday of the Salvation Army. As a tribute, could they pick reasonable test pieces for each section from the Army repertoire/composers?
  12. I am generally a big fan of B&R but this is...

    I am generally a big fan of B&R but this is really cringeworthy! Even if it's a spoof then it's not particularly funny. If it's not - just wow.
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    Speaking of personnel changes in Yorkshire. Was...

    Speaking of personnel changes in Yorkshire. Was interested to see Sheona White moving to B&R on solo horn but had seen no mention of Leah Williams leaving. I always enjoyed listening to her playing.
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    Am not quite sure how this would work. What if a...

    Am not quite sure how this would work. What if a band come on stage, frown, no audience engagement etc - then play brilliantly with style and musicality - then flounce off looking miserable. Surely...
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    ISB at Old Orchard Beach, USA

    http://new.livestream.com/samedialive/events/1927832/videos/26530316

    Second video down via above link is a full rerun of the ISB's concert in Maine yesterday. Video and sound quality is pretty...
  16. To be honest, any media coverage that isn't just...

    To be honest, any media coverage that isn't just a stereotype is real progress. I was quite impressed that this programme showed real, relateable people in an honest way. Yes the context (with the...
  17. Thread: areas 2014

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    I would absolutely love to see Goffin's Rhapsody...

    I would absolutely love to see Goffin's Rhapsody in Brass chosen as it is one of my all time favourite pieces. I also think it would be a decent test for the second section. My only concern is the...
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    My advice would be not to worry too much....

    My advice would be not to worry too much. Remember that it's not a concert, it's a music school audition and the point is to demonstrate the standard that you currently play at. No point working...
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    I went along on Sunday and heard about 18 of the...

    I went along on Sunday and heard about 18 of the 26 bands. It was, as usual, a very well run and enjoyable afternoon with lots of quality banding on show. Northop's contest march was excellent (road...
  20. Heard it a few times on the stand at Whit Friday....

    Heard it a few times on the stand at Whit Friday. Usually goes down ok with the punters but can't speak for any adjudicators.
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    So of the 7 English Bands in the World Top 10...

    So of the 7 English Bands in the World Top 10 (4br - apols to Statto!), 1 will be attending the supposed national championships!

    My issue isn't really with the quality of the English National...
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    The other thing is that it makes a complete...

    The other thing is that it makes a complete mockery of any Brass Band Rankings system (4BR/BBW etc). The amount of points they dole out for winning the English Nationals or European Champs basically...
  23. Thread: Harry Lear

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    Harry Lear

    I think this is an absolutely wonderful story. Well done to the young man, and to the band for having faith in him!

    http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=17005

    I can't imagine that there...
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    Erm. . . without in any way wanting to open this...

    Erm. . . without in any way wanting to open this particular can of worms on another thread, (and speaking as a non-contesting player with limited knowledge) isn't this exactly what registration is...
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    I didn't say that they don't have huge power, I...

    I didn't say that they don't have huge power, I said I was very sceptical about whether enough people could be motivated to make such action effective.

    We seem to agree on the substance though...
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