Foden's in France

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 24 August 2010

Foden's Band performed at the Soirées at the Opéra-Théâtre, Limoges for the Cuivres en Fête Festival on Sunday evening, 24th August. Playing to a packed auditorium the band gave a varied programme under the baton of Michael Fowles in connection with Foden's instrument partner Besson. The festival in its 17th year runs from 19th to the 25th August 2010 attracts approximately 15,000 visitors each year and
 features a wide range of ensembles. This invitation to play at this years festival originated from Epsilon
 "French Brass" and the ongoing successful partnership between Besson and Foden's Band. Tim Barrett on behalf of Besson: "We are delighted to be able to give the  Epsival Festival audience the opportunity to hear a band of the calibre of Foden's Band and to strengthen cultural links between the two countries through our close relationship with Foden's. My thanks to Thierry Thibaut and Foden's who together made such a memorable evening possible."

The program featured classic favourites such as Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture, Wagner's Procession to The Minster in addition tosolos form Glyn and Helen Williams and Foden's Besson artistes' Mark Wilkinson and Lesley Howie.

Throughout the concert there was a great welcome and appreciationextended by the audience and this was repaid by two encores at the finale. On behalf of the band, secretary Andy Rolfe commented " this has been a fantastic experience for Foden's not only to play in a fine venue at a growing festival but to increase our audience in France and strengthen our relationship with Besson".

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