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Richard Poole

Soprano Cornet

Richard starting 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. He moved into the senior band in 1995 before joining 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. 

During his time at the RNCM Richard played with many top bands before being asked to join Fodens in 2002 on the solo cornet line. During this time Richard has had many contest wins including eight North West area Championships, three British Open titles, four All England Masters Championship titles and one Brass in Concert.
In 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’.


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