Solo, Duet & Quartet Competition

Posted by Fiona Rolfe on 15 December 2014

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Foden’s 4th Solo, Duet & Quartet Competition again showed that it is one of the best in the country: With entries from all over England and Wales, we were delighted to welcome competitors from Belgium and Norway.  We are especially pleased that our friends from overseas were able to take back an impressive haul of silverware! 

We were privileged to have adjudicators from Belgium, Paris, England and Wales, courtesy of BESSON and Foden’s Band.
With 5 top class accompanists, a lovely venue at Sandbach Boys School, a host of trade stands, and some ‘top nosh’ from our Foden’s refreshment gang, the day was a great success!

It was wonderful to see and hear players who have returned each year, and also to see many new faces.  Many friendships have been struck as a result of the competition, and the response from those who attended, especially those who have competed for the first time, confirms that the competition continues to be friendly, relaxed, well-organised and a must for anyone’s comping calendar!

With 19 classes, and a new ‘Veteran’s’ class for next year, it’s a monumental task for all involved.  Our thanks to BESSON and AUDI of Macclesfield for their continuing support, without whom, the competition would not benefit players half as much: we continue to award BESSON and AUDI bursaries to further their musical development.  Of course the ‘Blue Riband’ award has to be the Open Solo prize:  as his prize Paul Bennett, solo horn from Fairey Band, will go to the USA to play with the famous Jim Gourlay and the River City Brass Band!

Here’s to an equally successful 5th competition on the 31st October next year!

For a flavour of last years event, including full results, take a look at this News article

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