Well, I've just been given the accompaniment for the practical part of the exam I told you about in my question about Aural Tests. I shall ask the flute teacher for her opinion but wondered if any of you had encountered the same as this: The first piece is Quantz Flute Concerto G minor - first movement. There are 29 bars of what would have been an orchestral tutti at the start. Would I be expected to play all of these - it seems an awful waste of exam time for me to be playing without the flute! It could easily be shortened to 6 bars as the original theme reappears just before the flute enters. Later there's a tutti of 18 bars, another of 12 and another of 9 bars. The piece ends with yet another tutti of 18 bars. I could easily just play the last 6 bars of the final tutti - a repetition of the 6 bars in the opening. I would expect to play the tutti in the middle sections as they are obviously important. This is the edition recommended by the board. The second piece is La Flute de Pan - Jules Mouquet - think that's going to be lovely and no problems about long passages of solo piano. I recently played for a Grade 7 trumpet exam and had a passage of 11 bars without the trumpet in the middle of the piece. I kept that as it was obviously, but did feel awkward that I was 'wasting' the examiners time. I realise the integrity of the music shouldn't be spoiled though and assume that the problem of tutti must arise quite regularly in the higher grade exams. This is the first time I have played for a Grade 8, so the first time I've encountered this dilemma. I'd appreciate your thoughts or experiences please.