Foden's are the Area Champions

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 26 February 2018

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On Sunday 25th February Foden's competed at the North West Area Competition held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

The 'Area' contest is a qualification contest for the Nationals Finals which are held at the Royal Albert Hall, London in October.

Each of the 11 leading bands from the North West Area performed a set test piece - this year the chosen piece was 'Odyssey' by composer Kevin Norbury.

After a solid performance Foden's were crowned the 'North West Area Champions' for a record 21st time with their star soprano player Richard Poole being awarded the prize for the best Soprano.  This win secured a Hat trick of consecutive victories at the Area , all have come from the number 5 draw!

Adjudicators Derek Broadbent and Jim Davies commented on the quality of the performance and that Foden's were the 'clear' winners.

Speaking about the victory Mark Wilkinson commented 'All at Foden's would like to thank those who have sent messages congratulating the band on their historic win. We would like to thank Professor Nicholas Childs for directing the band (and the previous two years) as well as Michael Fowles who once again did a fantastic job helping prepare us for the contest.  Sadly David Newton who was a previous Solo Horn of Foden's passed away on Saturday shortly after some band members had visited him with a card. Foden's would like to dedicate this victory to David.' 

1. Foden's (Prof Nicholas Childs)
2. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
3. Fairey (Garry Cutt)
4. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Stig Maersk)
5. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon)
6. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
7. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
8. TCTC Group (Jef Sparkes)
9. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)
10. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
11. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)

Best Soprano: Richard Poole (Foden's)

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