Expressions 2003 was the title of the concert by Regent Hall SA band and songsters (Choir) on the Thursday night before the Nationals, with guest soloist Derek Kane (principal euphonium ISB), a vocal soloist, and dancers. It also involved stage lighting effects, multi-media, and choreography for both songsters and the band (still unusual for SA bands), and seemed to be heavily influenced by what American SA bands and choirs seem to be doing.
It was certainly a bold thing to do (I understand they did a similar concert in 2002), and worth trying. It was obviously well prepared and rehearsed. However, for the pieces which involved choreography for the band, they had music in their lyres - obviously the safe thing to do, but when conresting bands do this sort of thing, especially Grimethorpe, YBS, etc, and even youth bands, they play from memory - much more difficult and dangerous, but it does look better. I also thought that the programme was a bit long - 7.30 start, finished at 10, admittedly with an interval.
Not wanting to be negative, it was certainly different to the "normal" run of the mill SA music festival, and Regent Hall are to be applauded for their imagination and, yes, courage in putting on such an original and different event.