Foden’s Band 10 piece Group

Series: Season 5 2014-2015
Date: Wed 26 Nov 2014 - 12:00am
Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1HD

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 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

Art Exhibition 

  • 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.