Fodens players lead coaching day with St Helens Youth Band

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 4 April 2011

Members of St Helens Youth Brass Band recently benefitted from the visit of a number of principal players from Foden’s Band.

As preparations for the youth band’s appearance at the National Youth Brass Band Championships this Sunday intensify, St Helen’s Musical Director Mark Bousie was delighted to welcome his colleagues from Foden’s to lead sectionals focussing on the test piece for the Advanced Section, Philip Wilby’s demanding, but highly enjoyable work ‘Psalms and Alleluias’.
The coaching day, held at Haydock Sports College on Sunday 13th March saw Richard Poole, Helen Williams, Lesley Howie, John Barber, Glyn Williams, Stuart Baglin and Mark Landon take their respective sections through their paces. The day was brought to a close with a performance of ‘Psalms and Alleluias’ and SHYBB’s own choice pieces for the competition in front of an audience of tutors and band members’ parents, during which the benefits of the day were clear for all to hear. As Mark Bousie stated ‘it’s a real pleasure and a privilege for St Helens Youth Brass Band to work with leading players from Foden’s. Not only was there a huge improvement on the competition repertoire, but the overall musical inspiration the young musicians gain from the day is of tremendous value’.
April is an exciting month for St Helens Youth Brass Band as following its participation in the Youth Championships the Band heads up to Scotland for a short concert tour during the bank holiday weekend of 30th April – 2nd May. Whilst they are in Scotland SHYBB will meet up with the Band’s long standing previous Musical Director Lynda Nicholson. St Helen’s will perform in joint concerts with two of Lynda’s current bands, Brass Sounds Inverclyde and Kirkintilloch Youth Band.
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