Why can't a London band win the Nationals (or even get anywhere near winning it)? Is it because there are too many other distractions in the smoke to have people commit themsleves for the necessary amount of rehearsals? Is there too much of an 'orchestral' tradition? At lower section levels, to my ears, the standards are a lot closer throughout the country but at the highest levels, London bands just don't seem to be able to cut it. Your thoughts, please.