Foden's appear in the RNCM prestigious 'Brass Band Festival'

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 30 January 2017


On Saturday 28th January Foden's were invited to perform at the prestigious RNCM 'Brass Band Festival' to a capacity audience. The band were once again conducted by guest conductor James Gourlay as well as Michael Fowles. The concert featured a number of extremely demanding and challenging works by Britten, Ellerby, Waespi and Bernat.

2016 saw the 80th Birthday of Howard Snell (a previous Musical Director of the band) and to celebtrate this Foden's performed Howard's latest major work entitled 'Gallery' as well as his arrangement of 'You'll never walk alone' as an encore to the concert. As a thank you for his service to the Brass Band Community a presentation was made by Paul Hindmarsh (the artistic director of the Festival) to mark this special occasion.

The concert also saw the return of Rex Richardson as the bands guest soloist. Rex is a regular visitor to Foden's and performed a trumpet concerto from the pen of the bands composer in residence Andy Scott.

Foden's also welcomed Violet Lode (Principal cornet with Brass Band Willebroek) who appeared as a soloist in a new composition from the pen of the bands President and Artistic Director Bramwell Tovey. The invitation and commission was part of Lode's prize on being crowned the Foden's Solo Contest Champion in 2016

As always Ian Clowes was in attendance and produced a number of photos to show the band in rehearsal and concert action.

Foden's would like to thank James Gourlay for his inspirational guidance during the week as well as Rex and Lode for their fantastic solo contributions. Also a special thank you to the Festival Artistic Director Paul Hindmarsh for the bands invitation and guidance on the programme material.


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