Foden's Youth Band was formed in 2012 in order to provide opportunities for young brass & percussion players to experience performances alongside world class musicians, tuition from some of the UK's leading specialists and direction from talented professional conductors.
The project was seen as a natural extension of the youth development work already carried out by Foden's players, and has enabled the band to build partnerships with Love Music Trust (lead partner in the Cheshire East Music Hub), Royal Northern College of Music, Besson and numerous other companies who have been keen to support this exciting new band.
When opened to applications; 60 places were quickly filled by young players from all around Cheshire and further, including Lancashire, South Yorkshire, North Wales and the Midlands. During it's first year the Band performed at Manchester Cathedral with international soloist Jens Lindemann and at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass. Critical acclaim has already been forthcoming; being awarded 3rd place in the 4barsrest.com 'newcomer of the year' award (despite not being on the shortlist of nominations) and in British Bandsman magazine who described the band as a 'most ambitious and high profile project'.
Now established, the Youth Band continues to go from strength to strength, engaging it's young musicians with high profile repertoire from composers new and old.
As a thank you to existing youth bands who encourage their members to join us; Foden's are delighted to offer a number of free support options; these include
For information about joining our youth band; please see the links on the left hand side.
If you require more information; please feel free to contact:
Ian Raisbeck (Project Co-ordinator)