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Richard Poole

Soprano Cornet

Richard started playing the cornet at the age of 7 through the Sandwell Music Service under the tutorage of David Swanson and then David Maplestone. Richard started his brass band career with the Langley Youth Brass Band at the age of 11, before graduating into the senior band in 1995.  In 1998 he joined the Sovereign Brass Band on Repiano cornet, with whom he had two great years before moving on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Brian Taylor in 2000. 

In 2002 during his time at the RNCM, after an impromptu lesson with the bands Principal Cornet Mark Wilkinson, Richard was invited down for an audition with Foden's Band. After a number of high profile concerts Richard accepted the position on the Solo Cornet line. Early 2010 Richard was given the opportunity to move onto Soprano Cornet which he accepted without hesitation and has enjoyed every minute since, non more so than the infamous double in 2012 where he was the proud recipient of the solo prize for his performance in ‘Daphnis and Chloe’. During this time Richard has had many contest wins including thirteen three British Open titles, two National titles, thirteen North West area Championships and three All England Masters Championship titles. Richard recently won the Brian Evans Memorial Trophy at the 2019 British Open which is awarded to the best Soprano Cornet player on the day.

Outside of Foden's Band Richard is currently Leader of Performing Arts at Little Lever School in Bolton. 


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