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Andrew Stevenson

Foden's Youth Band Composer in Residence

Andrew was born in 1993 and started playing cornet at the age of 8. However it wasn’t until he was 15 that he realised his true passion for music. His first experience of brass band playing was with the Harworth Junior Brass Band from which he quickly moved to the senior band where he held the principal cornet seat for 5 years. At 15 he moved to Thurcroft Welfare Band on principal, where he found his passion for music. While at Thurcroft he won Best Soloist at the 2010 Yorkshire Area Championships and also many prizes at the Worksop and Mexborough festivals. He left Thurcroft in 2010 and since then has played for Newstead Welfare Brass and played principal at Wardle Anderson Brass. He is now studying cornet at the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Marshall and is a member of the world famous Foden's Band.

Andrew started composing at the age of 16, primarily at school for his A Levels but continued composing as a hobby. He has had works published by Kirklees Music and also had commissions from all sorts of ensembles, most notably the Keele University Brass Band and the MADhurst Festival Brass Band, but has also written music for the Quintessence Recorder Ensemble and the Ewald Brass Quintet. Andrew was appointed Foden's Youth Band 'Composer in Residence' at the bands formation in 2012.

For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell