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European Countdown: 4 days to go

It's all about being popular in Europe...

  Philip Sparke has notched up more performances on more pieces than anyone elese

Thanks to Gordon Simpson for providing these great facts from the European contest for us today…

Here's the top-10 most popular own-choice selections made at the European Championships...

16 — Music of the Spheres (Philip Sparke)
15 — Contest Music (Wilfred Heaton) — last played in 2009
14 — Harmony Music (Philip Sparke) — 2010
13 — Pageantry (Herbert Howells) — 1997
13 — Connotations (Edward Gregson) — 1998
13 — Dances and Arias (Edward Gregson) — 2000
12 — Blitz (Derek Bourgeois) — 1998
12 — Revelation (Philip Wilby) — 2012
10 — Paganini Variations (Philip Wilby) — 2001
10 — Montage (Peter Graham) — 2011

And here are the most popular composers and the number of times their pieces have been performed...

79 — Philip Sparke (14 different pieces)
47 — Philip Wilby (7)
40 — Edward Gregson (8)
36 — Gilbert Vinter (7)
36 — Peter Graham (9)
22 — Derek Bourgeois (3)
17 — Wilfred Heaton (2)
14 — Herbert Howells (2)
12 — Thomas Doss (5)
11 — Eric Ball (4)

To find out more about the stats of brass banding go to: http:/­/­www.brassstats.com/

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