Foden's Solo Contest

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 12 September 2014

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Foden's are pleased to announce that composer Lee Morris will once again write a solo for the winner of the 17 - 19 slow melody class in memory of Bryan Tait. This will accompany the trophy kindly donated by John Squires-Evans, to celebrate the life and musicianship of this wonderful cornet player.
 
Lee is no stranger to the Foden's solo contest as he also wrote a solo for last years winner of the Under 21 Air Varie Class Charlotte Ankers called 'Postcards from Caledonia’
 
Speaking about the win and commission Charlotte commented 'I was thrilled to win the Under 21 Air-Varie section at the Foden’s competition and was even more excited to find out that I would be getting a solo written for me by Lee! It’s been an amazing opportunity and he’s really captured the essence of Scotland in ‘Postcards from Caledonia’ - which is a country very close to my heart."
 
Lee, who is the composer in residence with the Westoe Band in the North East of England, added 'In November last year, I was approached to compose a piece of music for the winner of the event and I am now delighted that the solo has been completed and sent to Charlotte who I hope will enjoy playing it. As the title suggests, the piece takes inspiration from Scottish and Celtic folk music. This is something that Charlotte was very keen to have incorporated into the piece, in keeping with her Scottish heritage. It is in two movements, taking the form of an Air and Jig."

The Foden's Solo contest will take place on the 1st November and entry forms can be obtained via http://www.fodensband.co.uk/youth-band/solo-contest/
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