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No change to minor test-piece cuts at British Open

The small performance amendments to the British Open test-piece 'A Brussels Requiem' remain — with agreement of the composer.

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  Everything remains in place at this year's British Open

The organisers of the British Open have reiterated that this year's test-piece 'A Brussels Requiem' will be performed in the manner agreed with by the composer, Bert Appermont.


A spokesperson told 4BR: "After consultation with the composer, three minor cuts were agreed to the original score which are to be adopted for the 166th contest at Symphony Hall on Saturday 8th September.

A few queries have been raised by competing bands in relation to the piece and a response dealing with these is being provided directly to them.

The position remains as previously advised. Short scores will as usual be available on the day of the contest with details of these cuts provided.

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham for what promises to be a wonderful occasion. The contest was sold out many weeks ago and will once again receive with worldwide interest."

These remain as follows:

Bars 72-83:

These bars should be left out. Bar 71 needs to be followed by bar 84. The first beat of bar 72 is to be played at bar 84 on the first beat (with the exception of the percussion)

Bars 130-137:

These bars should be left out. Bar 129 is to be followed bar 138.

Bars 329-344:

These bars should be left out. Bar 328 is to be followed by bar 345. In bar 345, solo cornet 1 needs to play a dotted half note A instead of C (a minor third down).

Furthermore, the dotted half note on the first beat of bar 345 needs to be erased in the soprano cornet, solo cornet 2, 3, 4 and in the 3 trombone parts.

After consultation with the composer, three minor cuts were agreed to the original score which are to be adopted for the 166th contest at Symphony Hall on Saturday 8th SeptemberBritish Open

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Further information: www.thebritishopen.net

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