Fodens Principals tutor in Norwich

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 16 October 2012

On Sunday 7th October 2012 the East Anglian Brass Band Association held its Annual Brass Training Day at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Eighty-four delegates from the age of 11 upwards had enrolled on the course and were looking forward to benefiting from the tutors advice and expertise.

 The tutors were all members of the famous Fodens Band. The course leader was Glyn Williams and the sectional tutors were Mark Wilkinson (sopranos, solo and repiano cornets), Helen Williams (flugels, second and third cornets), Lesley Howie (tenor horns), Glyn Williams (baritones and euphoniums), John Barber (trombones) and Stewart Baglin (basses).
 
The music studied was the march ‘On The Quarter Deck’ by Kenneth Alford, ‘Hine e Hine’ arranged by Peter Graham, ‘Blue Rondo a La Turk’ by David Brubeck, and the ‘St Austell Suite’ by Kenneth Downie. The delegates also had the privilege of accompanying Helen Williams in the solo ‘Share My Yoke’.
 
Association Chairman Christine Wade said, “The day had been a great success. Delegates from fifteen East Anglian Bands had been at St Andrew’s Hall and there had been several young players who had attended the Brass Training Day for the first time. Their comments about the day included ‘brilliant’, ‘fantastic’ and ‘amazing’ ”.
 
All delegates found the day constructive and enjoyable and are looking forward to hearing the Fodens Band when they perform at St Andrew’s Hall on 12th May 2013.
 
The Association wishes to thank Glyn, Mark, Helen, Lesley, John and Stewart for an excellent day.
 
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