£1m for a brass band

brassneck

Active Member
The Grauniad has a somewhat more thoughtful review (although to produce a less intelligent review than the Metro would take some serious talent).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/mar/09/a-band-for-britain-dispatches


Mmmmm! Date of the article is 09/03/10

Although it's been going for over a century, the band could soon cease to exist. One gets the feeling it wouldn't be much mourned ...

I realise that questioning the authenticity of reality television is essentially a category mistake, and if the lure of mild celebrity saves this brass band and the many more like it, that's no bad thing. I don't mind TV being manipulative, as long I'm sufficiently manipulated, but A Band for Britain lacked the tension this formula requires; you always knew everything would be fine. I'll probably still tune in next week, though, because the trailer promised lots of arguments and ill-discipline, and I never learn.
 

alanl58

Member
Surely this article isn't right. It seems to suggest that there's one more episode to come. Somebody will have to stock up with chewing gum!!!

Remember that TV Reviewers get to see all of a series like this in one go, so they will have seen the last programme when they write their piece.


But I thought that Sue Perkins quotes just about sums it all up:

"They can't argue when they have a cornet or euphonium in their mouths"

and

"More Music, Less Politics"

(did she really chew gum throughout the William Tell Overture with Grimey? I think we should be told!)

Alanl58
 

Aurora771

Member
"They can't argue when they have a cornet or euphonium in their mouths"

and

"More Music, Less Politics"

(did she really chew gum throughout the William Tell Overture with Grimey? I think we should be told!)

Alanl58

Yes. I was quite baffled that she was chewing gum at the rehersal never mind the concert!:eek: It keeps the mouth moist, yes? I'd be too scared of choking.

"They can't argue when they have a cornet or euphonium in their mouths" My mother and I had a little chuckle at that too :biggrin:
 

DannyCollin

Member
Why do you people have to disect everything? why don't ya treat it as it was intended to be treated,.....as dumbed down entertainment for the masses. Nothing more, nothing less.

By the way, i watched all 3 episodes and enjoyed the lot.
 
Ai....Mr Roberts did it with class....that lady looked like she was chewing a wasp.
Yeh, perhaps if she'd got rid of the gum as well as the bad attitude, she would have stood a better chance of playing William Tell at the speed Sue Perkins (THE CONDUCTOR!!!) wanted!

Mark Howarth.
 

worzel

Member
Yeh, perhaps if she'd got rid of the gum as well as the bad attitude, she would have stood a better chance of playing William Tell at the speed Sue Perkins (THE CONDUCTOR!!!) wanted!

Mark Howarth.
I thought she did a dam good job, actually. The "attitude" was born purely of nerves, surely. It seemed well within her capabilities to me.
 

tromwinst

Member
No question that eventually she did a good job....but...
Does there need to be an attitude at all? Sat amongst and listened to many players that are under far more stress than that yet don't have that attitude.
Just an observation :)
 

worzel

Member
Yeah, every other week I'm playing in a revitalised what was a 5 person non-contesting band, practising while being filmed, under the baton of a comedian turned MD who I might not necessarily trust, with two practises to go until gigging with Grimethorpe, again filmed. What was her problem, hey.
 

Jethro

Member
Ive known Sally for over 30 years. Sally was concerned that the speed in which Grimey played "William Tell" would be far greater than she had played it before. She doesnt suffer with nerves usually, but with the tv cameras and the accolade of playing with Grimey she was I suppose a little aprehensive. I was myself worried playing at the side of Mick Dodds. We went to a run through with Grimey and everything worked out well.
As far as her chewing gum, she has done this for years and I suppose she will do it while ever she is playing.
Her attitude is not what was shown on the tele, she has a very funny personality and she is a dedicated musician who wants the best for the band.
She is by all accounts one of our characters that make the band what it is..

Jethro:p
 

lynchie

Active Member
Yeah, every other week I'm playing in a revitalised what was a 5 person non-contesting band, practising while being filmed, under the baton of a comedian turned MD who I might not necessarily trust, with two practises to go until gigging with Grimethorpe, again filmed. What was her problem, hey.

I dunno, that first bit might be true.
 

tromwinst

Member
Ive known Sally for over 30 years. Sally was concerned that the speed in which Grimey played "William Tell" would be far greater than she had played it before. She doesnt suffer with nerves usually, but with the tv cameras and the accolade of playing with Grimey she was I suppose a little aprehensive. I was myself worried playing at the side of Mick Dodds. We went to a run through with Grimey and everything worked out well.
As far as her chewing gum, she has done this for years and I suppose she will do it while ever she is playing.
Her attitude is not what was shown on the tele, she has a very funny personality and she is a dedicated musician who wants the best for the band.
She is by all accounts one of our characters that make the band what it is..

Jethro:p

At least you agree it wasn't ideal Jethro ;)

Sadly I am not a fan of the show in general and didn't think it helped us ( the banding community ) as a whole very well at all. Pleased for all at your band as this has given the boost your band needed, and long may it continue.:clap:
 

Product tMP members are discussing

Top