Armagh Summer School

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Since 2000 Foden's Band have travelled to Armagh each February for a weekend of concerts and workshops, this has been followed each summer by a week long summer school for brass & percussion players of all ages and abilities. All of these events were, and continue to be, the brainchild of Ivor Stevenson from the Armagh Old Boys Brass Band. Ivor continues to be a major driving force for the encouragment of brass playing in Northern Ireland. In honour of these achievments he is a Vice-President of Foden's Band and was awarded an MBE for his services to banding in Northern Ireland.

The annual summer course gives brass enthusiasts the opportunity to study, learn, perform and socialise with world class tutors from Foden's Band. Set in the historic city of Armagh, Northern Ireland, our base at the City of Armagh High School provides excellent facilities for learning, music making and enjoyment. 

Summer Course 2017

This years course takes place between Monday 7th - Saturday 16th August. The week begins on Monday with a 'meet the music' session at 7:30pm. From Tuesday - Friday daily rehearsals, sectionals, workshops, solo performance opportunities and tutor treats take place culminating in the final performance on Saturday. During the week you will receive over 30 hours of guidance from the team of Foden's conductors, tutors & composers. Currently the course will cost approximately £50 per person 


The tutors for this year are: Mike Fowles(Conductor& Trombones), Mark Wilkinson & Richard Poole (Cornets), Lesley Poole (Horns & Flugel), Sarah Lenton (Baritones), Mark Bousie (Euphoniums & Conductor), Shaun Farrington (Trombones, Stewart Baglin (Basses) & Anthony Mann (Percussion) promises to be a great week for music, fun and friendship :-)

To apply for your place, please complete the form below.  

Timetable 2017

Monday 7th 7.00 – 9.00pm Meet the Music

Tuesday 8th 
10.00-12.30pm Workshops /Sectionals
2.00-4.30pm Rehearsals with both Sterling/Sovereign bands
6.00-8.00pm Rehearsal Sovereign Band

Wednesday 9th
10.00-12.30pm Workshops /Sectionals
2.00-4.30pm Rehearsals with both Sterling/Sovereign bands
6.00-8.00pm Rehearsal Sovereign Band

Thursday 10th
10.00-12.30pm Workshops /Sectionals
2.00-4.30pm Rehearsals with both Sterling/Sovereign bands
7.00 – 9.00pm Soloists Concert (AOB Band Hall)

Friday 11th
10.30-12.30pm Workshops /Sectionals
12.30-2.00pm BBQ and Tutor’s Treat
2.00-4.00pm Rehearsals with both Sterling/Sovereign bands and Q&A with Tutors
4.00 – 5.00 pm Loading truck for moving to First Presbyterian Church

Saturday 12th
2.00 – 3.30 pm Rehearsal 1st Armagh Presbyterian Church 
7.00-9.30pm Finale Concerts and Presentations

All rehearsals and sectionals will take place in the City of Armagh High School
Soloist Concert will be held in the Armagh Old Boys Band hall
Finale Concert and Presentation will take place in 1st Armagh Presbyterian Church 

Tutor Team 2017

The tutor team provided by Foden's bring with them a wealth of experience as performers in one of the worlds leading brass ensembles, and as teachers experienced through their day jobs as classroom / peripatetic teachers and tutors on summer schools and with national ensembles. All tutors provided by Foden's Band are cleared to work with young people through the DBS (formerly CRB) checks and sign up to the Foden's Band safeguarding handbook as outlined on our safeguarding page

Course Musical Director: Michael Fowles

Mark Wilkinson (Cornets and Guest Soloist)

Richard Poole (Cornets)

Lesley Poole (Horns)

Sarah Lenton (Euphoniums & Baritones)

Shaun Farrington (Trombones)

Mark Bousie (Euphoniums & Assistant Conductor)

Stewart Baglin (Tubas)

Anthony Mann (Percussion)

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