Fodens on the BBC

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 9 February 2012

On Sunday 19th February at 9pm, BBC4 will broadcast a documentary about one of Britain's finest musical treasures, composer and saxophonist Barbara Thompson. Described as the 'first lady of jazz' Barbara has over 40 years as a professional musician, created her own musical identity. Equally well known for her distinctive contemporary classical compositions as her haunting theme tune for 'A Touch of Frost', on which she plays saxophone.
Barbara collaborated with Foden's Band, Les Neish, James Gourlay, Tubalate & Foden's Composer in Residence Andy Scott, on the ground-breaking CD 'Double Trouble'. Some footage from the rehearsals and recording will be included in the documentary.
Barbara is a remarkable lady, for the last 12 years she has been battling with Parkinson's Disease and continues to have a positive outlook on music and life in general. The 'Playing Against Time' documentary will be a fascinating insight into her world.


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