Bramwell Tovey accepts professional conductor and president role

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 6 July 2016

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Foden's are pleased to announce that Bramwell Tovey has accepted the bands invitation to become their Professional Conductor and President.

Speaking about the appointment Mark Wilkinson commented 'All at Foden's are extremely pleased and proud that Bramwell has accepted our offer to become the bands new Professional Musical Director and will lead the band at all the major contests in 2016 and 2017.Bramwell is the present Artistic Director of NYBBGB, Grammy and Juno award winning Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor he works internationally with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. During 2015/16 his guest appearances included the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies. We believe this is not just a major signing for Foden's but for the profile of Brass Bands in general. As well as conducting Foden's at the Major's we are also discussing a number of projects involving Bramwell and Foden's. This announcement cements the on going 16 year relationship between Foden's and Bramwell that has produced many memorable performances as well as the award winning 'Maestro' recording. We are also grateful that he has agreed to become the figure head of our association by becoming our new President.'

Speaking about his association with the band, Bramwell Tovey said "Ever since I first performed with Foden's back in 2000, I've always felt a natural affinity with them. The highest standards of musical excellence, combined with their sheer joy at making music means every moment is a pleasure. Their 2009 recording of my brass band works with Joe Alessi and Mark Fewer remains a personal highlight and I'm very much looking forward to making the journey to Sandbach a little more regularly."

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