Didn't really want to go next year and St. Andrews Variations for the 4th section has made my choice easy, what a truly awful slap in the face for that section.
So in Yorkshire for example it's really going to allow the adjudicator to separate Dyke from B&R from Grimethorpe from CMFC from Rothwell etc......?
The cat is truly amongst the pigeons with this one (assuming that the adjudicator can stay awake long enough zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)
Totally agree. Some bands might even lose players over this. As they will be tempted to join other bands that have more challenging and interesting test pieces. It is after all a test piece, not a beginner band contest.Didn't really want to go next year and St. Andrews Variations for the 4th section has made my choice easy, what a truly awful slap in the face for that section.
So the 4th section bands, which often contain many higher level ability players, but who choose to stay loyal and play in their local band, get ..... music suitable for a beginner or junior band. How insulting. Makes me wonder how many players will leave their band and go and join a higher level band just so they can get something interesting and challenging to play.
Those in the know do indeed know. I have it on good authority that those who were unable to keep confidences and let the cat out of the bag will be facing consequences.What I want to know is how do those "In the Know" know? (if that makes sense). You'd have thought if there was a member of the music panel that couldn't keep their mouth shut they'd have been kicked off by now....?
Just being nosey.....
How can you compare the likes of the 2015 Area piece English Pastorale by Dean Jones (which was a test), the Finals 2015 piece Visions by Dan Price to a junior band work? 2015 seemed to test the fourth section and was the last time I enjoyed playing in it. I'd love to play Rhapsody for Brass or Land of the Long White Cloud again but I'm loyal to my band. Flipping difficult to be when we've got a coupke months of such tedium to endure. Sort it out!Totally agree. Some bands might even lose players over this. As they will be tempted to join other bands that have more challenging and interesting test pieces. It is after all a test piece, not a beginner band contest.
you think some bands wait until January to start working on the Area test piece?Maybe an easier 4th section test piece means instead of some bands starting practice on it Jan 1st, they can work on other, complimentary repertoire and not start until Feb 1st?
I feel sorry for the percussion section in the original (not a vast amount to do), ...
Would be nice to see someone play it with all narrow bore high pitch instruments too. Bet they'd come last, though!Such a shame that they have chosen the rehashed Pageantry rather than the original - I feel sorry for the percussion section in the original (not a vast amount to do), but there really is no need to add more to the original. Nobody (I hope) would consider adding a drum kit to a Beethoven symphony but added percussion here is being encouraged.
I saw a lovely comment on facebook suggesting that those bands who play from the original orchestration should be rewarded for historically informed performance practice and good taste - somehow I doubt this will happen.