Foden's Band 10 piece Group
Group Soloists from Sandbach's world famous brass band.
- 5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal at La Casa Vecchia (not included in the ticket)
Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at www.lacasavecchia.co.uk who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series
- 6:30pm Doors open
- 7:00: Spotlight Concert
Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach
- 7:30 Intermission
- 8:00 Main Concert
Mac and Mabel Herman, arr. K.Wilkinson
Shepherd's Song Trad arr Langford
Live and Let Die McCartney, arr. Ray Farr
Folk Festival Shostakovich arr Snell
1914 arr Mackenzie
Sunshine of Your Smile Lilian Ray
Keep Smiling Through arr D. Barry
Harry's Song Peter Meechan
Its not unusual Tom Jones arr Broadbent
Flight of the Bumble Bee Rimsky-Korsakov arr Hirst
Toccata in D minor Bach arr Ray Farr
Soprano Richard Poole
Cornets Mark Wilkinson, Paul McDonald, Ian Raisbeck
Tenor Horn Neil Raisbeck
Flugel Andrew Stevenson
Euphonium Mark Bousie
Baritone Sarah Lenton
Trombone Ben Knowles
Bass Stewart Baglin
Percussion Mark Landon
In the year 1900, when a small village named Elworth in Sandbach,Cheshire wanted a brass band to celebrate the relief of Mafeking in the Boer War, Foden’s Band was born. The band was then adopted by Edwin Foden, a local industrialist (from whom they took their name)at the Foden’s Motorworks. From these humble beginnings few would have thought that this band would go on to win twelve British Open titles, thirteen National Championships of Great Britain and an unparalleled double hat-trick there in 1932, ’33 and ’34 and in 1936,’37 and ’38.
The band currently holds the record for the number of area contest wins with an unprecedented 18 North West area titles. Around the world Foden’s Band is a trademark that musicians associate with inestimable class and musicianship. This fact is reflected in the wide variety of countries that the band has toured; Italy, Switzerland, America, Ireland, France, Norway, Finland and Israel to name but a few.
The association which Foden’s has with the most respected and renowned conductors, Bramwell Tovey, Allan Withington, Howard Snell and Michael Fowles has developed the band’s ever increasing repertoire and also their standards to unprecedented levels as well as allowing them to provide audiences with musically aesthetic performances as well as stepping outside the boundaries of the usual brass band concert repertoire.
In 2012 Foden’s set up a youth band to nurture the very best youth musicians in the area to become the future of the brass industry. The Foden’s solo competition (held annually in November and staffed by players of the band) regularly attracts over 170 players from around the world to compete against each other at the highest level. Most recently the band have cemented themselves as one of the leading Brass Bands in the world winning a rare and exceptional “Double”,being crowned 2012 British Open champions and the 2012 NationalChampions of Great Britain. In doing so the band defeated the very best bands in Britain at the world’s two most prestigious competitions.
As well as being very successful on the contest front the band have also won numerous awards for various cd releases and regularly appear on BBC TV and Radio.