Annual Awards & Patrons Concert

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 19 February 2016

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On Tuesday 16th February the annual Patrons Concert took place at Sandbach School. 

The event gives the band a chance to thank it's loyal supporters for their continued support by giving them a free concert each February. As usual, the hall was packed with 500 patrons attending the concert which also see's the release of the latest in the Patron's Choice CD series - 'Patron's Choice IX'.

As always, the patrons were treated to an entertaining programme of concert items, start soloists and repertoire from the new CD directed by Musical Director Michael Fowles. As an extra bonus, there was also a guest appearence by a former Musical Director & Principal Euphonium player; Professor Nicholas Childs has returned to Foden's to conduct the bands forthcoming North West Area Regional Contest and took the opportunity to perform the test piece, Philip Sparke's 'Cambridge Variations', during the first half of the concert.

In addition to the music, the patrons concert gives Foden's the chance to update Patrons on latest developments. One notable contribution came from local MP Fiona Bruce who proudly announced that Foden's Band will perform at the Houses of Parliament for the prestigeous National Prayer Breakfast in June this year.

Finally, annual awards are also presented at this concert for 'Player of the Year' & 'Bandsperson of the Year'. The awards are voted for by the members of the band and this years winners were Sarah Lenton - Solo Baritone (Player of the Year) and Richard Poole - Soprano Cornet (Bandsperson of the Year). Congratulations to both players. 

P1000860 Richard Poole Bandsman of the Year at Patrons Concert 20162      P1000864 Sarah Lenton Players Player at Patrons Concert 20162

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