RNCM announces new conducting partnership with Foden’s Band

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 17 August 2018

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The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a new conducting partnership with Foden’s Band.

Commencing this autumn, the partnership will enable the College’s conducting students to gain valuable experience working with Foden’s conducting team and, on occasion, to conduct the band.

Mark Heron, RNCM Conducting Tutor, said: ‘Observing conductors at the top of their game working with first class ensembles is one of the best ways for young conductors to learn their craft. The relationships we have developed in recent years with the region’s professional orchestras have greatly enhanced our courses, and it was a natural step to extend this to one of the country’s top bands.’

Students on the RNCM’s Junior Fellowship and Masters conducting programmes already assist conductors working with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and Manchester’s contemporary music ensemble, Psappha. This new partnership now offers the chance for students to attend rehearsals in Sandbach, developing their skill with a leading brass band.

Foden’s Musical Director, Michael Fowles, added: ‘Having studied and worked at the RNCM I have seen at very close quarters the quality of both the teaching and opportunities afforded to students. This initiative is a very welcome extension of the already excellent conducting programmes on offer. The chance for Foden’s to be involved falls in line with our strongly held beliefs of encouraging the next generation of musicians.’

Information about the RNCM’s conducting programmes is available at www.rncm.ac.uk/conducting

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