Areas 2019

julian

Active Member
Are next year's 'Area' test pieces being announced at Cheltenham today, and if so can anyone tell us what they are?
 

Hsop

Member
Hi

I saw them listed on 4bars today ;

2019 Regional test pieces announced
Kapitol Promotions has announced the test pieces for the 2019 Regional Championships.

Championship Section: Seascapes (Ray Steadman-Allen)
Section 1: Symphony of Marches (Gilbert Vinter)
Section 2: Rise of the Phoenix (Darrol Barry)
Section 3: First Suite in E Flat (Holst arr Sydney Herbert)
Section 4: Stantonbury Festival (Ray Steadman-Allen)
 

julian

Active Member
Hi

I saw them listed on 4bars today ;

2019 Regional test pieces announced
Kapitol Promotions has announced the test pieces for the 2019 Regional Championships.

Championship Section: Seascapes (Ray Steadman-Allen)
Section 1: Symphony of Marches (Gilbert Vinter)
Section 2: Rise of the Phoenix (Darrol Barry)
Section 3: First Suite in E Flat (Holst arr Sydney Herbert)
Section 4: Stantonbury Festival (Ray Steadman-Allen)
Thank you!
 

MoominDave

Well-Known Member
My initial reaction is to think that that seems a pretty sound set of choices. Seascapes is undeservedly neglected, Symphony of Marches not often played either, and both are pitched well difficulty-wise for their respective sections. I don't know Rise of the Phoenix, so can't comment. The Holst is lovely music, and many will underestimate what it takes to play it well - hopefully not too many bands in the 3rd section will naively roll their eyes at its lack of semiquavers (though certainly some will); those bands are unlikely to do well at the contest. Stantonbury Festival is another undeservedly neglected RSA piece and should offer some pleasure to the 4th section.

I don't know if it's my imagination, but the Area choices in recent years have seemed to me consistently better judged than in the period prior.
 
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CJBaggins

Member
The Holst is lovely music, and many will underestimate what it takes to play it well - hopefully not too many bands in the 3rd section will naively roll their eyes at its lack of semiquavers (though certainly some will)
From my one listen to this yesterday, quite a tasty little part for Soprano too by the sounds of it!
 
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