I generally love how music is transcribed onto the page. The musical stave is a beautiful thing, with its notes, accents and Italian terms.
Sometimes us musicians like to augment the page with personal tags, something to remind us that a certain passage requires a particularly delicate touch or extra caution. It’s often easy to miss those pianissimo markings or awkward rhythms, so we often get our pencils out when the need arises.
It was not a surprise to me to see such a marking on the Michael Ball test piece Whitsun Wakes. Sometimes you really do have to give it the full welly.