Coaching day with Blue Coats School

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 8 March 2012

On Sunday 4th March, the Blue Coat School Brass Band, Oldham were treated to a training day with principal performers from the Fodens Band. The day was a huge success with the young musicians gaining a valuable insight into what it takes to play in one of the best Brass Bands in the world.

The day consisted of a full band rehearsal, led by Neil Hewson, Head of Music with the Fodens principals, Richard Poole, Lesley Howie, Natsumi McDoanld, Shaun Farrington and Matt Hindle sitting in the band. Sectional rehearsals were then led by the visiting tutors, working on the repertoire for the band’s upcoming performance at the National Festival of Music for Youth regional auditions in Rochdale and a very interesting question and answer session with the principals, who also demonstrated their virtuosic skills to the youngsters.

The pupils spoke about how much they enjoyed the day and that it was something that would stick in their minds for a long time. Neil Hewson commented “The principals from Fodens were superb and gave our pupils a wonderful experience. It was great to see the looks on their faces when the tutors performed. I think that many of the band now aspire to play for Fodens in the future and that is what days like this is all about. This is something that we hope to repeat in the near future as building up a rapport with such a fantastic organisation like Fodens can only be good for the development of our young brass and percussion players.” 

Neil Hewson

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