Area Contest Success

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 5 March 2015

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On Sunday 1st March 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 13 bands performed the 'Set' test piece 'The Torchbearer' by composer Peter Graham in front of a capacity audience.
 
After a solid performance that found favour from many in the audience as well as the various banding critics who tipped Foden's to win the contest, Foden's were awarded the runner up position and therefore qualify for the National Finals.
 
Congratulations to the Fairey Band on their victory
 
FULL RESULTS
 
Adjudicators: David Hirst & Alan Morrison
 
1. Fairey (Garry Cutt)*
2. Foden’s (Allan Withington)*
3. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
4. Ashton-Under-Lyne (Phil Chalk)
5. Morecambe (Andrew Warriner)
6. Leyland (Michael Bach)
7. Blackburn & Darwen (Huw Thomas)
8. Oldham (Lees) (John Collins)
9. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
10. Co-operative Funeralcare North West (Jef Sparkes)
11. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Stig Maersk)
12. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)
13. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Neil Samuel)
 
*Top two bands qualify for National Final at Royal Albert Hall

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