Is it harder?......Ive played PC on St Magnus and it was difficult. Have not played Spiriti, so will go with your judgement.
Still awaiting the crock of *&^@ that the 3rd and 4th section will be forced to play, but the thread seems more concerned with the "Elite' Bands, as thinggy royal would say....... Elite my **** !
Just thinking about pieces...correct me if I have this wrong..but..it does seem that the recent run of pieces selected are heavily in favour of the 1st euphonium player. Last years area pieces next years area piece, and I think, not sure positive, the championship section nationals piece too. Are the people on the panel conductors/members of bands? If so perhaps they it's have a fantastic euphonium player!!??
I'm not a Euphonium player but think that they are fundimental to the quality of a band and therefore a good indicator. Doesn't everyone have a great Cornet section (so it might be hard to seperate bands) but what about the centre (pitch) of the band lead by the Solo Euphonium?
The principal Euphonium is one chair of 25 in a band, no more a good indicator than the solo baritone, 2nd horn, BBb bass or even (dare I say it) percussion.
The members of the music panel are listed here: http://www.nationalbrassbandchampionships.com/index.php?id=7