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Interview With Notedead

Are you ready? Are you sure you’re ready for this? We don’t think you are, but you better get ready. Switching Styles has the answers you need with this interview with Notedead.

Introductions All Around!

Max Preuss (drums) and Trymer Martin (guitars/vocals) combine to form the band, Notedead. It all started where all great bands start, with a passion for music. The band found their start during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic, despite the hardships. Everything was rough. That didn’t stop them. For Notedead, this was a new beginning. The band formed in 2020 and has been rocking the world since.

Q&A Between Switching Styles and Notedead!

In an interview with switching styles, they’ve opened up about their band, their process, and their goals. Read below to get to know Notedead even better!

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

 Music emits emotion. I long to feel what the artist felt when they wrote the song and kind of experience it together. Music is also everywhere, from malls to elevators. And rhythm is in footsteps and your heartbeat, it’s everything.

 The emotions a song can put you through makes me feel alive

How did Notedead start and how did the Covid 19 Pandemic impact your band?

 Early on in Covid times when everything stopped and when we couldn’t jam with our bands Trymer started writing his own stuff and asked Max to write drums along with it. We both quickly realized that our writing for our respective instruments clicked together.

We started ripping out songs super-fast, so we decided to continue writing under our own band together which is Notedead.

How is being an Edmonton-based band impacted Notedead?

 It’s funny because only half of the band (Max) is Edmonton based and the other half (Trymer) is from Lacombe so it’s almost a long-distance type band relationship.

 The local music scene in Edmonton has a great group of people who support and encourage us, and we are forever grateful.

What inspired you to start playing and making music?


 Before I got into my own music I listened to my dad’s classic rock/metal, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Foreigner, ZZ Top, etc. Anyways but I’m in grade 5 I had some project to do at school and there was another classmate who did his project, but his was on Sum 41 and it caught my eye, so I got the CD “all killer no filler” at a Walmart in Manitoba, and that cd changed me.

From there I adopted my first taste of music away from my parents and it inspired me to want to play guitar, the ball started rolling from there!


Rock band. I loved the game because I was able to some of jam along to my favorite songs while simultaneously learning a basic version of the drums. I got very good at that game, and it made my transition into real drums very easy.

My music teacher in junior high band class then asked if anybody knew how and I volunteered to learn some percussion. The rest is history, between drum lessons, drumming for my high school jazz band & winning jazz artist of the year, it’s safe to say I’m a real drummer now

What bands or genres inspire your sound?

 Counterparts, Napoleon, Dance Gavin Dance, to name a few… but it’s really so hard to say what inspires our sound, so many bands growing up shaped us into the musicians we are and what our preferences are as well.

We also use it a lot! Of dead notes haha

Describe your creative process when you write new music.

 We both write our music on Guitar Pro. being as we are far away from each other, and we both enjoy the punctualness we can read. Trymer usually comes up with the first riff and then sends it to Max and Max writes the drums and then we work together from there, writing the song section by section.

Sometimes there will be a pre-discussed idea before we start on our next track, but we always write song by song and never add too much to our plates.

What’s your favorite venue for performing? Why?

 We don’t play shows as we are only a 2 man band writing songs to share with people, but if we could Trymer would want to play the St. Andrews United Church in Lacombe as he used to play local punk shows there growing up (it’s kind of odd I know, but it was so much fun!) and Max wishes we could play at Polar Park Brewery in Edmonton but it unfortunately just closed down.

What are some of your current projects?

 Currently, we have some new music in the bank but nothing to confirm aside from our new album “Separate Paths”. However, Max is in 2 other bands, Withered Days and Sol Runner.

What advice would you give to musicians just starting?

 Listen to music as often as you can. Find something that you wish you could make your own and take that drive to make your own with your inspiration and feelings

 Don’t give up, you’re going to suck at times, but music is a lifelong partner if you let it be.

Is there anything you wanted to mention that I didn’t ask about?

 Yes, our new album ‘Separate Paths’ is out September 9th

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This content was sponsored by Notedead. Thank you for supporting local music blogs like Switching Styles!!

Are you sure you’re ready for this? Are you ready for truly hardcore music? We don’t think you are, but you better get ready. Notedead is one of the most hardcore bands in the province, and they’re not stopping any time soon.


The band formed in 2020 and has been rocking the world since. They’ve been releasing music since their debut in 2021 with the release of their Best Wishes EP. Then the single “Labyrinth” was released a year later.

Max Preuss (drums) and Trymer Martin (guitars/vocals) combine to form the band, Notedead. It all started where all great bands start, with a passion for music. Despite the hardships, the band found their start during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic. The covid pandemic was a tough time for Canadian musicians. Venues were closed. Live performances were limited. Finances for everyone were rough. Everything was rough. That didn’t stop them. For Notedead, this was a new beginning.

Getting Started.

Trymer started writing instrumental tracks solo during the quarantine. Channelling the pressure, uncertainty, and anxiety into the melodies, he created three of Notedead’s first songs. But something was missing, and that something was Max. As a drummer, Max had felt the impact of the pandemic firsthand. Trymer reached out and Max took to his role like a fish to water. They both quickly realized that their writing was an amazing match. That’s the exact moment that Notedead was created.

You may think you know the post-hardcore genre, but not like this. Max is a drummer, not only for Notedead but also for Withered Days and Sol Runner. His skill combined with Trymer’s artistry makes entirely unique music. This band brings something fresh to the post-hardcore genre. The band is inspired by classic rock and metal legends; Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Foreigner, and ZZ Top. That’s not all. Notedead’s influences also include contemporary bands such as Counterparts, Napoleon, and Dance Gavin Dance. Notedead is breathing a new kind of life into the genre with its music.

“A dynamic, immersive, and progressive assimilation of heavy influences. Rangy guitars work that balances urgent and melodic astutely and a pummeling vocal delivery intertwines deftly with the instrumental unit”

Raves Katie from Carry The 4 PR.

Their Music

This post-hardcore Canadian band is bringing out all the stops in their music. Notedead is bringing forth impressive drums, emotive lyrics, and an emotional connection to each one of its listeners. All their music has such a profound level of depth to it. Each note, each strum, and each word have a meaning and a purpose. That purpose is to connect with the listener within that moment.

Their most recent release is an album called “Separate Paths.” This album of 11 hardcore songs has been available as of September 9, 2022. Not even one of the album’s songs is flat when it comes to emotions. The songs all tell a story of humanity and share a part of the human condition. Pain, anger, joy, rage, and misery, it’s all there in their music.

Notedead is aiming to be one of the greats coming from right here in Edmonton, Alberta. The goal was never to impress people. It never has been. It’s been about the music. The real goal is to write great music that speaks to the human heart. Find their music online on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and Bandcamp.

Check them out and let us know what you think!!
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Students during Covid-19; Q&A with Nathan Love

Students during Covid – 19; Q&A with Nathan Love Also published on

Students During Covid – 19 have more than just a full load to deal with. Students have a full load when they take on school; exams, studying, assignments, extracurricular. They do all this while balancing a healthy life, and a job. Add in the pandemic, and it’s a whole new story.

Nathan Love (He/Him) is a 21-year-old student currently taking his Bachelor of Arts major in history at MacEwan University. His Classes are mostly online.

Please describe how your classes are set up.

Some classes have recorded lectures and live discussions weekly, some only have recorded lectures but also offer an in-person class once a week and one class is purely eLearn it yourself but with extensive office hours for the professor.

In what ways has the pandemic improved your learning?

It has allowed me to skip the daily bus rides to downtown that I hated, it has also allowed me more time to relax since I am at home and surrounded by things and people I love

In what ways has the pandemic made learning harder?

I no longer have a “Hook” to learn things, I need to entirely motivate myself and due to my mental health issues, that is extremely difficult.

Are you able to participate in extracurricular activities? If so, what are they?


What advice do you have for other students?

Do something to motivate yourself, whether that’s to make a schedule or have someone check in with you to make sure you are working.

How do you think this pandemic would change learning in the future?

I think more classes will be available online and people will likely attend in-person classes more often since now they know how hard it is to teach yourself without the assistance of peers or your professors.

Here’s the musical element of the students’ experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Enjoy these remixes for all your studying needs for all students regardless of level from Elementary to a doctorate!

Hip Hop/Trap Instrumental Beats Mix 2020” By Nicop Records

Lofi Hip Hop Shark – Gawr Gura Lofi By Symphonic Brush – Music, Art & Memes

New Best Inkyz Trap Mix 2017 By Inkyz

Suan & Yabøii – Lilith (Feat. Maria Goja) [Bass Boosted] By Bass Boosted

Froto Avicii Vs Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One (Froto Remix)

What Advice do you have for your fellow students during Covid-19?

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Don’t Be Trashy at Music Festivals

Guest Written by Barbara Joens
“Music festival Spain” by Marko Radosevic

Are you one of the many people planning on returning to music festivals?  As COVID-19 recedes, music festivals will make their exciting comeback.  Fans from all across the globe have been anticipating the joy and excitement brought by these special events as a way to unwind and connect with others as we once did pre-pandemic.  There is no doubt that as the pandemic comes to an end, these events will attract large crowds of enthusiastic music-lovers.

Music festivals are a great chance to enjoy your favourite artists, discover new music, and party with old friends and like-minded strangers.  After the hardships people around the world have suffered since the beginning of the pandemic, music festivals will be a welcome return to normal.  Many popular music festivals have been rescheduled for later this year and early next year.  Tickets have already been purchased by music fans excited to see their favourite world-famous performers, such as Travis Scott and Megan Thee Stallion at Rolling Loud (scheduled for July 2021), and Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers at Summerfest (scheduled for September 2021).

In spite of the positive aspects of enjoying live artists and gathering with fellow music-lovers, there is a dark side that will undoubtedly cause major issues for the environment once festivals resume.  While wrapped up in the fun of an event, people may forget to be mindful of their negative effects on the environment.  This is a problem that must be addressed by environmentally-conscious individuals.

“Washboard Music Festival” by Dan Keck
What role do music festivals play in pollution and climate change?

An unwanted consequence of music festivals is the massive amount of waste that they generate.  The total waste comes from various sources: plastic pollution, energy and water consumption, overuse of resources, and more.  According to a report by Powerful Thinking, based on 279 summer music festivals in the UK, the industry is responsible for producing 23,500 tons of waste (Powerful Thinking, 2015).

It is easy for concert-goers to fail to see the consequences of their behaviour.  Someone might not see the long-term effects of throwing a plastic bottle or food wrapper on the ground, but over time, that waste begins to accumulate.  This litter either has to be properly disposed of, or it accumulates and degrades the environment.

Attendees are not always at fault for not properly dealing with the waste that they generate, given that many trash bins are either inaccessible or already crammed with refuse due to their inadequate size and distribution.  Toilet facilities are also oftentimes inadequate for the number of festival-goers and the waste they produce.  Therefore, the waste generated in toilets often accumulates and becomes an issue.

Some of the trash at music festivals comes from the attendees while other trash comes from vendors.  Some people bring equipment, such as tents and mats, that they fail to properly dispose of after the festival is over.  Other times, trash comes from food in plastic containers, drinks in plastic cups, and plastic cutlery.  People do not want to take their trash home with them or go through the extra effort of properly disposing of it, so instead, they leave it on the ground, contributing to plastic pollution.  These plastics are hard to break down, often get eaten by animals who then become ill or die because they cannot properly digest them and damage the soil and surrounding plant life.

Another form of waste that must be taken into account is that, due to the majority of music festivals being located in remote areas, there is a reliance on the importation of power rather than being able to connect to an already-established energy grid to power these events (Baker, 2019).  In order to provide power, diesel-fueled generators are brought in.  These generators can supply the music festival with sufficient energy to support several days’ worth of sound systems, lighting, RV power, and more.  The non-stop burning of diesel fuel as the power source for these off-the-grid music festivals generates harmful particles and carbon dioxide, a gas that contributes to global warming.

It is significant to note that travel and transportation are also major sources of festival-generated pollution.  Transportation involves fossil fuels.  These fuels produce large amounts of carbon dioxide, leading to increases in temperature across the planet.

Performers, management, and vendors also travel to music festivals, along with their equipment.  Since these festivals draw crowds from around the world, some festival-goers must travel long distances to see their favourite artists perform live, which contributes to their carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

“Lake Rupert” by Dan Keck
What can be done to limit this impact at music festivals?

While some festivals are already taking steps to be more eco-friendly, the attendees at these festivals also have a responsibility to minimize pollution.  Festival-goers are aware that some of their habits have had to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These changes relate to being mindful of others, such as wearing a face mask in public and practicing social distancing guidelines.  If we can change our habits in response to the pandemic, then we should be able to make similar changes to minimize the harmful effects of pollution from music festivals.  With the threat of global climate change, the accumulation of plastics in the environment, and the overuse of resources, it is important to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and minimize other forms of pollution when music festivals open up again.

There are several reasons why altering behaviour may be difficult.  First, people are not always willing to change their old ways.  Second, it may seem overwhelming to want to undertake such a big task.  Finally, it may seem like the effects of one person on the environment are small.  People find it difficult to realize that small acts by a large number of people can lead to major effects, either positive or negative.

How can festival attendees minimize damage to the environment?
  • A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to plan your transportation carefully.  If there is a bus that can take you to the festival, consider taking it.  Carpooling may also be an option.  If no one in your personal circle is attending the festival, see if there are people online that are looking for other festival attendees to carpool with by searching hashtags on social media.  Be sure to be careful when choosing who to go with.  Additionally, when carpooling, plan the route you are going to take and aim for one that minimizes the amount of driving required.  In addition to reducing harm to the environment, you will also benefit by saving money on gas.
  • Body glitter is often viewed as a fashionable must-have for music festivals.  However, it can be harmful to the environment.  When rinsed off, the microplastics contained in glitter can end up in waterways and take many years to degrade.  However, some make-up brands are moving towards biodegradable glitter, which has a less harmful impact on the environment.  By opting for an eco-friendly brand, you can reduce harm to the environment while still looking as festive as ever.
  • Festivals are a great opportunity for brands to host giveaways.  However, some people take items just because they are getting something for free.  For that reason, many give-away items, such as bracelets, lighters, and fans, end up as trash once the festival is over.  Although it may seem like just a few small items, the contributions from all the attendees adds up and contributes to pollution. Make sure to dispose of any items you don’t want to bring home with you.  Additionally, if you don’t need the item, don’t be tempted into taking it just because it’s a freebie.
  • Opt for recyclable and/or reusable items, including packaging.  These are a more sustainable choice than petroleum-based products.  There are many eco-friendly alternatives to plastic products, such as all-natural bamboo toothbrushes.
  • Tents are a festival staple.  However, it is not uncommon for tents to end up as waste after the festival is over.  Knowing that people want to enjoy festivals while also keeping the planet clean, some brands have started to offer recyclable cardboard tents that can even withstand bad weather conditions.  If you use a non-recyclable tent, ensure that you do not leave it behind.

The future of music festivals can be both cleaner and more sustainable.  However, in order to achieve this, everyone must be prepared to make environmentally responsible decisions.  Although it may take some time to adjust, small individual actions and urging others to do the same will lead to a cleaner environment with fewer hazards to humans, animals, and the planet.  With persistence and mindfulness, this future can become a reality.  By keeping the environment clean, we can ensure a future where the following generations will enjoy music festivals as well.


Baker, B. (2019, November 2). How Music Festivals are Destroying the Earth.

The Show Must Go on Report. (2015, November). Powerful Thinking.

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Pokémon Go Tips; Top 5 Walking Trails for Hatching Eggs

Although it is not the first of its kind, Pokémon Go has made an augmented reality in video games at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This means that through your phone, you can have the Pokémon universe shown in your world.

Catching Pokémon that appear in your living room or playing with your Pokémon buddy out in the park, there’s a lot of ways that the game interacts with reality. One of the elements is walking to hatch eggs. Each egg requires a certain number of kilometres to hatch an egg ranging from 2 km to 15 km.

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What is the best way to hatch an egg?

Walking! It’s the simplest way to do hatch your eggs. Whether it’s a simple walk to the store or a long Sunday stroll, it all adds up to hatch your Pokémon. While the app is on and even when it is off, the app tracks the distance that the player walks to track the progress of the egg. Altogether, players have walked over 23 billion km as of March 2019 (Games Radar). In 2016 alone, players walked 8.7 billion km (Inverse). That’s enough to get to the end of the Solar System.

Here are some, YEG locations to walk to get your hatching started!

  1. Walking Down 124th
  2. Alberta Legislature Grounds
  3. Sir Winston Churchill Square/Jasper Ave
  4. Whyte Ave
  5. The River Valley

Why do you have to walk to hatch eggs in Pokemon Go?

It encourages players to get out in the world and walk. It’s inspired many to increase their physical activity. Thus, hatching more eggs and bringing in more exercise. Below we’ve got some musical suggestions to get you in the walking and hatching mood.  

“Viridian City“ by Jonathan Young feat. 331Erock. Check it out on Bandcamp.

“Pokémon Theme“ by The Holophonics. Check it out on Bandcamp.

“Pokémon Theme” By Leo Moracchioli Feat. Truls Haugen. Check It Out On iTunes.

“Pokémon Theme Cover + My Pokémon Rap“ by Myrtle Sarrosa. Check it out on Spotify.

Johto Journeys“ By The Covers Duo. Check It Out On Link tree.

“1・2・3” By Silver Storm And Meka Imperfect​. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon Medley“ By Mohmega. Check It Out On Patreon.

“Gym Leader Battle“ By Richaadeb. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Sinnoh Trainer Battle Medley” By Sinnoh Fusion Ensemble. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon“ by PhreniaBand. Check it out on Spotify.

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Top 10 Parks in Edmonton For Pokémon Go Picnics

Do you know what goes together? Pokémon Go and picnics.

Out in nature, or as in nature as you can get in the heart of Edmonton, the engagement and immersion of Pokémon go is much improved. With the open space, it’s a lot easier and more fun to use the augmented reality (AR) aspect of Pokémon go. Anyone who has played Pokémon Go during the covid pandemic knows how hard it is to use the AR function inside.

Edmonton Parks perfect for Pokémon Go and picnics
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Within Edmonton, there’s a great deal of beautiful nature that shouldn’t be forgotten about. Here’s a list of amazing open areas that are fantastic not only for Pokémon go but also for their view and availability for social distancing. Once you have a chance to check each of these picnic places, share it with us @switchingstyles!

  1. The River Valley
  2. Broadmoor Lake
  3. Griesbach Community
  4. Alberta Legislature Grounds
  5. William Hawrelak Park
  6. Griesbach Barracks
  7. Sir Winston Churchill Square/Jasper Ave
  8. Edmonton Valley Zoo
  9. University of Alberta
  10. Queen Mary Park
Music for the Pokémon Go picnics

Now don’t think we forgot about the music element. Every picnic needs music and we’ve got you covered. Below here is our favourite list of Pokémon go covers in different styles for every kind of picnic.

“The Pokémon Theme” By Jonathan Young & Jason Paige. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon Theme Song“ By Chris Villain Ft. Jason Paige. Check It Out On YouTube.

“Pokémon“ By NateWantsToBattle Feat. Mat Pat Of Game Theory. Check It Out On iTunes.

“Advance Adventure“ By Jorporxx (Mark De Groot). Check It Out On Soundcloud.

“National Park“ By The Consouls. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon X/Y Elite” By Littlevmills. Check It Out On YouTube.

“Battle! Battle Tower“ By Falkkone. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon Theme“ By Scott Bradlee Feat. Sara Niemietz . Check It Out On YouTube.

Hop Final Battle Theme“ By Xenobii Piano Covers. Check It Out On Music score.

Pokémon Center Theme“ By Ascendancylf. Check It Out On YouTube.

Get out there and enjoy that sunshine and vitamin D! Tag Switching Styles with your Pokémon go selfies!!

Don’t forget to bring some Switching Styles merch with you!

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Orchestras During Covid-19

Introducing Canada’s Orchestras

Orchestral music may have gotten its start around the renaissance in the 17th century, but it hasn’t lost its relevancy as a music genre. Current research from the Canadian Council of the arts, and Orchestra Canada shows an increase in revenue and attendance for orchestra performances between 2018 and 2019. However, that’s increase has ended with the rest of the music industry since the start of Covid-19. 

The orchestra of Canada shows that income has increased by an average of 15% all across Canada since 2015. The average annual revenue for orchestral music in 2017-2018 is $210,365,000. The following year, the average annual revenue increased to $218,333,085. The total revenue increased by 3.8%.

This corroborates the projections from the CCA’s report published in the CCA’s report.

“Between 2010 and 2017, these show that revenue amounts have been increasing. Of the responding orchestras, they reported an increase of total revenue from $28.6 Million in 2016-2017 to 176.9 million in 2010-11. As shown below, orchestras make money in multiple different ways including earned revenue, public sector revenues, private sector revenues and of course other,” explains the report.

Orchestras and Pandemics

Most of Canada’s orchestras are not-for-profit organizations and registered charities.

“In 2018-19, according to OC’s comparative data from 71 of our largest member orchestras, orchestras derived 35.8% of their revenues from ticket sales and sold services, and 40.2% from individuals, corporations, foundations, and special fundraising events. Government support (from all three orders of government) made up the difference. Our members reported revenues of almost $218 million and connected with 2.8 million Canadians.”

That being said, this isn’t the first pandemic to hit orchestral music.

“While we are certainly living in unusual and challenging times, Covid-19 -19 isn’t the first global pandemic that has struck our communities and shaken the arts industry. The Canadian orchestral landscape was much younger when the Spanish Flu of 1918 hit the country, just months after the end of World War I. Much like what we’re seeing right now, many industries, including the arts, were forced to close their doors to stop the spread of the virus.” reads a report from Orchestras of Canada.

Impact of Orchestras During Covid-19

In 2020, Orchestras are facing a stressful time with up to 76% of their income vulnerable as Orchestra Canada explains.

According to the live vitality from Canadian Live Music, on a yearly basis, presenters attracted an average attendance of 38,000, with a median of 5,700. Paid attendance represents 68% of total attendance. A loss of attendance for live performances is the main aspect impacting musical performances throughout Canada.

“Depending on the size of the orchestra, anywhere from one to well over 200 people are paid to do work directly for and with the orchestra each season, and they are all vulnerable to changes in their orchestra’s financial health. Orchestras also tend to plan and market their concerts 18-24 months in advance.”

In terms of financial support, there is support for Canadian orchestras, but there is a gap as there is for all Canadians at this time. All combined, this leaves Canadian orchestras in a tough spot to be able to continue.

Statistics Regarding Orchestras in Canada

A survey from Violinist.Com showed….

  • Well-run orchestras will return to large-scale orchestral concerts, but some orchestras will not recover:
  • Large-scale orchestral concerts will return to pre-COVID-19  levels after a few years:
  • I fear large-scale orchestral concerts are a thing of the past.:
  • Large-scale orchestral concerts have already returned in my geographic area.:

But why does it matter what happens to the music industry?

“When I watched a man with dementia shuffle into one of our concerts with his wife, and he sat at the back of the hall, seemingly unresponsive to those around him…then, his eyes lit up and he asked his wife to dance, and gracefully danced with her at the back of the hall for most of the evening! The power of the arts!” Bassano Arts Council Bassano, AB from Live Vitality.


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Niles, L. (2020). weekend vote: How will COVID-19 affect the future of large-scale orchestral performances?. Retrieved 28 February 2021, from

Smith, S. (2019). OC Comparative Report 2017-18 – GUIDE to SUMMARIES EN Final.pdf. Retrieved 28 February 2021, from