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10 May 2008, Major Peter Parkes' remarks from the Grand Shield contest.
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But in case the hand-writing is still beyond your eyesight:
Quasi Presto: Good sound and in tune. All sections do well.
A: This all works well.
2: Good start to this section and on the whole a good sound throughout.
Mozarts Theme: A nice feel to this. Good soloist and all well in tune.
C: Middle quaver in triplets would be better not stacc.
6: This all works very well.
Var 3: I like this a good sound and style.
G: Well done soprano and solo horn - all soloists are in tune and sound is good.
Var 5: Good.
Var 6: Well done - all quite effective.
Var 7: Just the right feel to this!
Var 8: I like this.
M: Good sound from Eb bass but the Ab's not in tune.
Var 9: Good tempo and style. I like this - well done!
3: Not quite tidy.
Q: Good trombones but there is a hine of sliding between the notes.
R: Well done solo cornet. Euph a lighter tongue would add to the effect.
Notturno: this is a lovely section - as gentle as possible with the tongues would improve it, but on the whole v. good.
4: Good tempo and all well played. An impressive final section - well done.
You might wish to compare that with the reviews on 4barsrest:
Virtuosi GUS, John Berryman 5
Fine sounding ensemble and most detail is heard. Mozart/Wilby elements are well defined and we hear a cool life led by super sop. Great duet from flugel and second horn. This is good stuff so far. More quality work follows with neat gallop leading to a restrained solo/duet work in notturno. Build to finale is well maintained but fugue takes time to get going. Picks up pace to a rousing Turkish delight of a finish.
Overall: A very enjoyable performance this Ė the leader so far for us and could be up there come the end.
There were four bands in it for us with Leyland just edging Tredegar into second with Reg Vardy and GUS close behind. Donít be surprised if it goes to any of these though.