What do you want to hear?

What do you want to hear on the stage of a civic building?

  • Solos

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  • Overtures

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Heavy Pieces eg:- Kingdom Triumphant etc etc etc

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    159

Accidental

Supporting Member
Tenor-Steffen-DK said:
Ermm what's Formby Hall in Atherton and Dobcross...? Concert halls?
:lol: I was going to ask exactly the same thing! Are you talking about particular events, or just the venues?
 

drummergurl

Active Member
haydock played in formby hall a while ago and we did a mixture of the above. we played pieces like lord of the rings, gaudete, i dreamed a dream, a little prayer... i dont think we played any test pieces though.
 

HBB

Active Member
I think that if you're not a brass enthusiast, you may find listening to test pieces boring. I think that the audience wants to recognise the melody, that's why cheesy pop arrangements go down so well. (Anything by Bernaerts!)
 

MRSH

Supporting Member
Definitely a mixture.

(And preferably original brass band pieces as much as possible. But maybe that's another topic!!!!!!)
 

PeterBale

Moderator
Staff member
As one or two have already mentioned, it wold depend a lot on the target audience, and how the concert was promoted. Themed programmes can be very successful at drawing in an audience, and can give some unity to the concert as a whole, but even then I think it is important to include some original brass music where possible.

As has been said previously, audiences will often accept, and enjoy, even music that is thought of as "difficult" if it is introduced and explained beforehand. I also like to hear bands playing muic that stretches them to some extent, as that always seems to get the adrenalin going.

By and large, I think it shold be a mixed programme, unless it is a more prestigious event where the programme itself is published in advance, when I would prefer to see more substantial works played. I would certainly be very disappointed if I went to hear one of the "top" bands and heard nothing but lollipops, however well they were played,
 

Naomi McFadyen

New Member
I love the different spellings of definatly that are coming out :lol:(the correct spelling being "Definitely"...) :wink:

:shock:

Sorry, back on topic :)
 

cornydevil

Member
Formby Hall in Atherton and Dobcross Band club are well known Concert venues in the North West of England :) (for those not from around here)
 

Rambo Chick

Member
homocidalbennyboy said:
I think that if you're not a brass enthusiast, you may find listening to test pieces boring. I think that the audience wants to recognise the melody, that's why cheesy pop arrangements go down so well. (Anything by Bernaerts!)

I think that sometimes even brass enthusiasts could go to sleep if a programme purely composed of test pieces was put on!

Carolyn
 

Accidental

Supporting Member
cornydevil said:
Formby Hall in Atherton and Dobcross Band club are well known Concert venues in the North West of England :) (for those not from around here)
Thanks!

I'm aother vote for a good mixture - I think even the most hardened banders would struggle to sit through a full programme of just test pieces/heavy music. But I don't like concerts with too many "light" pieces (like the last nationals gala) either.

IMHO the venue shouldn't make a blind bit of difference - the same amount of effort should be put into programming and presenting a mix of music that will keep most people happy, regardless of where the concert is. Unfortunately when the "top bands" venture south of the Watford gap, we all too often get bands full of deps with guest conductors, playing poorly rehearsed "easy" programmes - very disappointing.
 
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