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And the band played on: McLaughlin in Bexhill

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I have read with interest your article on the Bexhill Bandstand (AJ 11.7.02) and Niall McLaughlin is to be congratulated on coming up with such a striking design. Price and Myers also deserve equal plaudits for making it stand up.

As your illustration shows, the brief was defective, as it did not call for the bandstand to accommodate a standard British brass band of 25 players plus percussion. Acoustically, I suspect the audience will hear the percussion OK, but the total ensemble must have an unbalanced sound if my experience of playing in venues, ranging from traditional Victorian bandstands to the Albert Hall, is anything to go by.

If the illustration had been of a small jazz or pop group, or singers, I would not have commented.

Robert Fraser, Stirling

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