Fodens and Lions Youth share the stage

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 1 November 2010

Foden’s Band were proud to share the stage with Lions Youth Band on the 29th October as they played to a full Congleton Town Hall. The concert, now an annual feature in Congleton, featured the Lions Youth Band in the first half where they demonstrated a high level of playing potential under the direction of Nigel Birch, Musical Director. They entertained the audience with many favourites and joined by Foden’s cornets gave a sparkling rendition of 12th Street Rag. Just before the interval both bands joined forces to give a rousing rendition of Safroni’s march, Imperial Echoes with Nigel Birch on the podium.

The second half concentrated on the classic sound of Foden’s under their associate conductor Michael Fowles. In a traditional programme they featured exciting works across the whole spectrum of the repertoire in addition to featuring the euphoniums of both bands in the John Denver classic, Perhaps Love. Richard Poole, Fodens soprano cornet then duetted with Ellie Baker, Lions Flugel Horn in the well-known Lloyd Webber melody, Pie Jesu where they were rewarded with generous applause.

There were two presentations toward the close of the evening to recognise the support of Foden’s President Mr Peter Fletcher and Vice-President, Mr Stephen Sebire MBE. Andy Rolfe explained that both gentlemen having been linked with Foden’s for many years have been essential to the success of Foden’s and as worthy recognition of their generosity both received a large photograph of the band from their recent concert at Chester Cathedral.

The evening was a great success and everyone left looking forward to next year’s event

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