Foden's support Young Soloists in Armagh

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 9 February 2016

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On Friday 5th February Foden’s made its annual pilgrimage to Northern Ireland as guests of the Armagh Old Boy’s Brass Band. Now in its 16th consecutive year, this trip is one of the undoubted highlights of Foden’s hectic concert schedule.

On Saturday Foden's held a 3 hour rehearsal accompanying 35 young soloists as well as providing performance tips. Following a short lunch break the band then performed a concert involving all the soloists to a large and appreciative audience made up of proud parents, supporters and tutors. The soloists and groups were of mixed ability with those who were just starting out in their banding careers and had chosen their respective solos wisely, whilst others showed great maturity and understanding of demanding pieces.The future of banding across the Irish Sea continues to be in good hands!

The evening concert belonged to Foden’s who performed tracks from their latest cd 'Patrons' Choice IX' which was released at this concert to a large and enthusiastic audience who later showed their appreciation by giving the band a standing ovation.

A team of tutors from Foden's will make a welcomed return to Armagh between the 8th and 13th August to hold their 16th consecutive Summer School which each year attracts between 80 to 100 participants.
 
Speaking about the trip Mark Wilkinson commented 'Once again the band have had a busy but extremely enjoyable and rewarding weekend. It is always very satisfying to see the progress that the various soloists make each year which is a credit to themselves and their teachers. Foden's are extremely committed to Youth Education and are looking forward to returning to Armagh for our annual Summer School as well as a return visit next February. Our thanks go to Ivor Stephenson and his team for their hospitality and for arranging another fantastic weekend.
Foden's band maintains a world class reputation for providing entertainment in the field of brass music with a tradition and unique style Mark Wilkinson