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    Have we got 'Slaidburn' all wrong?

    And then there's the evident reference to 'The Internationale' in the Trio section of Slaidburn. You may be on to something here, Dave!
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    Paddy's Yorkshire Area - 2012

    Thanks Ian - yes we were very pleased with the performance, aside from one or two slips, and happy with the verdict. Stocksbridge and Imps were always the main contenders so to finish 'best of the rest' (and dodge relegation) was very gratifying. But I won't settle for third place next year...
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    tMP sends HUGE thanks to Phil Driscoll

    Well done Phil. (Shouldn't you be practicing your Ukulele though?) D
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    For anyone interested, I've just started a Brass Band Group on This is intended primarily for composers to upload any recordings of their work they'd like to share. (Copyright laws obviously preclude recordings of published music, and in any case there are already plenty of...
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    I've finally got around to tweeting if anyone is interested: @davidcomposer :)
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    Northern Line

    Performers including the EYMS Band and Laudamus Chamber Choir present a concert of recent music by David Lancaster as part of York St John University's CREATE 11 festival of arts. The programme will include the premiere performance of 'Enemy Within' in its complete form and Northern Line...
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    Wedding walking out music

    We (Harrogate) played 'Sing, Sing, Sing' at one of our players' weddings a couple of years ago. The congregation danced out of the church, apart from the couple of old dears who suffered heart attacks during the first eight bars... Highly recommended!
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    Scarborough Salvation Army used to have a band - maybe still do??? Try Major Paul Robinson Tel: 01723 512558/378603 Details from their website.
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    PUBLIC Comparing of Contest Remarks

    They're on the ABBA website.
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    Pieces that are long overdue a recording.

    I'm still after a recording of Birtwistle's 'Salford Toccata'. Speaking of Nigel Clarke, is there a recording of his Pendle Witches available? D
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    UK Copyright.

    Excuse me? No, I'm in complete agreement that 50 - let alone 70 - years is far too long. Copyright must exist to protect the rights of composers over their own intellectual property and to earn an honest crust. 15/20 years would cover the lifetime of a composer's widow in the vast majority of...
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    New MD for Harrogate Band

    Very best of luck to Craig and the band. I know that Craig will do a great job and I look forward to hearing about your many future successes together. David
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    Open Adjudication

    None taken :)
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    Open Adjudication

    Better than your spelling, pal! I don't take my interpretation into the box with me; I'm very happy to listen to yours, and really there is no single 'correct' interpretation of a piece of music in any case, not even the composer's. Different approaches may work equally well. And I had...
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    Whats happening at Dyke. Brett gone??

    I'm not sure we should condone this blatant part swapping.
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    Area 2011

    And then there's Agon, which draws extensively upon his serial technique alongside references to tonality/neo classicism and a sharply defined episodic structure... I don't think that even Stravinsky could have continued to turn out Rites, particularly in the economic climate following WW1...
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    Regionals 2011 test pieces

    Well said John. That will be the last vynyl record I part with!
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    Paddy's National Finals - 2010

    With those odds I'll put a tenner each way on Catterick Brass in the second. A new band but they were awesome in the Areas and stormed to a win at Buxton. All bets off for the third and first sections though! D
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    Ones that got away....

    Too late: William Walton Benjamin Britten Get in quick: Peter Maxwell Davies John Tavener Younger: Mark-Anthony Turnage Giles Swayne John Woolrich Steve Martland James Macmillan Thomas Ades ...and I'm looking forward to hearing the piece that Michael Nyman is supposed to be writing.