thanks masterblaster jnr. can i second that? super human effort by mike fowles and the band this last week...... the hard work paid off. i have to say that this is a brilliantly run contest with some fabulous backstage staff! as a perc player i have to say thanks to ray payne who makes life so easy for us all by supplying top notch equipment making this an even more enjoyable event. top marks to everyone involved!:tup:tup:tupWell done to Point of Ayr and Mike Fowles, a band on the up and hopefully a nationals qualifier next year too
No ithink you make some good points. at times the announcer is a embarrasment. and yes the acoustic is not the bestFirstly well done to the prizewinners, sounds like the adjudicators picked out the best performances which is how it should be. Didn't hear any bands due to a late draw but most people had Point of Ayr first, congrats to them.
Secondly, this is the second year in a row I have played at Harrogate (last year with a 3rd section band), and I cannot think of another contest I have ever played at that has a worse atmosphere or general feel of 'nothing going on' than the this one.
The acoustic is absolutely dire, the audience non-exisitant, and the whole place is a just a sterile conference venue just not suited to any form of music.
The band I was helping out (Bristol East and Kingswood) travelled over 200 miles, spent thousands, for a weekend to play at approx 6.45 on a sunday night to one man and his dog. On top of that, we then have to sit through 20 minutes of repetitive euphonium tricks (great playing but not my cup of tea), then the contest promotors, sponsors etc thanking everyone over and over again, and finally some over camp guy making jokes about his black trainers.....somebody shoot me!!!!!
Obviously some bands had already gone home, and I don't blame you. They really need to source another venue where they can have two sections playing at the same time so they can finish at a reasonable time.
Also, why was it free to go in and listed to David Childs, but not to any of the competing bands. Perhaps they realised he would of also being playing to nobody.
By the way, these are my personal views and not related to the band I played for.
One big pat on the back to Ray Payne who supplied the Percussion...fantastic, great kit and couldn't do enough for us.
Am I being over critical? What do you think?
I wouldn't, having hired it....and the physical capacity and throughput in the RNCM could potentially compromise things as well.I have to agree with Ali Woodman.
It was my first time at Harrogate yesterdy and I thought the hall was just too big and the day too long.
Of the venues I know I would use the Concert Hall and Theatre at the Royal Northern College of Music which seat appx 400 and 600 respectively compared to 1900 in Harrogate. Perhaps more importantly both have good accoustics. It would also mean 2 sections could run at the same time thus shortening the day. I would also be surprised if it's dearer to hire than the Harrogate Hall.
I don't disagree with any of the post....but at risk of starting the same circuitous discussion as in previous years, this contest isn't at it's most fundamental about banding it is a business venture and, as such, is designed to make money.I doubt if charging bandsmen/women proved a financial success. From the people i spoke to it only seemed to question where banding is going and is it only financially driven??