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    Calling all brass band arrangers: 'Wherever you are' by Mulitary Wives Choir

    Hey all Having been totally sucked in by the BBC series 'The Choir' and overwhelmed by the final episode and the performance of 'Wherever you are' my first thought was that this would make a cracking band arrangement! So, not sure if anyone wants to join me in my quest but there must be...
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    West of England Regional Championships - 2010

    Can't agree more. As a former member of Test Valley during the 'succesful years' I can't wish them enough luck at Harrogate. Go get 'em Steve and the rest of the team!
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    West of England Regional Championships - 2010

    Hi Tubby Tuba. I know we shared the dressing room with you before you went on stage and I hope that comment didn't come from any of the Portishead crew? We certainly don't think that about your young and talented band. If anything we're extremely envious of the band's ability to attract so...
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    West of England Regional Championships - 2010

    Steve - I'm amazed that you're even still alive! It has just about sunk in now and I've been smiling all day. I had a lot of really good comments from people I didn't even know on Saturday which is always pleasing and I think a mark that we did a good job. Always worth more than your mum...
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    'Laural & Hardy - Another Fine Mess' Sandy Smith (euph duet)

    Excellent - thanks all for your posts on this. Most helpful.
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    'Laural & Hardy - Another Fine Mess' Sandy Smith (euph duet)

    Hi all - considering new programme choices for 2010 and wondered if anyone had played/heard/knows of a recording of Sandy Smith's euph duet 'Laural & Hardy - Another Fine Mess'. I'm sure it's a great arrangement and perfect addition to concert programme but would value your views. Cheers...
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    Paddy's Wychavon 09

    We usually know if the going is Good, Good to Firm etc.. etc.. But I can't find anyone who knows the state of the venues for this years contest. Can anyone shed any light on the Norbury Theatre - acoustically etc?
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    Wychavon Contest Venues 2009

    Mr Hicks - hopefully the PA system at Norbury Theatre turns itself off during performances ;o) So - I take it that no-one has played there before? Disappointed - wil it be a venue that has never hosted a brass band before? Could be interesting....
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    Wychavon Contest Venues 2009

    Thanks for all the inputs. I guess I'm woried less about the stage etc and more about what the acoustici is like. We'll do exactly as rehearsed in terms of playing and performance but we've been stung at Wychavon before by chosing a programme totally unsuitable for a really boomy acoustic -...
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    Wychavon Contest Venues 2009

    Hi all - anyone have any idea what the Norbury Theatre is like in Droitwich Spa? It's being used as one of the venues for Wychavon Entertainment Contest this year and Portishead will be travelling up there to take part. It would be a good to know what the acoustic is like, how big the theatre...
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    Weston-super-Mare Own Choice Contest 2009

    Excellent - will be good to catch up mate. Send us a text and let me know what you're playing ;oP
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    Weston-super-Mare Own Choice Contest 2009

    Portishead will be there - bring it on!! After a great weekend in Torquay we're all up for it. We love Weston contest - great venue, brilliantly well organised and sociable day. Looking to keep up our good form there. Who else can we expect to see in the 1st Section?
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    Torquay Contest in November

    Doh! Sorry.....
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    Torquay Contest in November

    Contesting eh? Lots of talk on here and at the venue yesterday about the adjudication and I only heard a few bands in the 2nd Section. Many congratulations to Michelmersh though, I'm not sure if many people heard their performance but if Pendennis were robbed as someone suggested they must...
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    Torquay Contest in November

    I know that Portishead and Yeovil will be there in the combined Champ/1st Section. And Michelmersh will be there in the 2nd Section. Last chance saloon tonight then for rehearsals! The best thing about these contests is that (for Combined Section at least) you get to choose a piece you're...
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