Patrons Concert 2008

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 21 August 2008

The Fodens band have been entertaining its fans of late with yet another tremendously successful sell out Patrons concert held in Sandbach earlier this month.


This concert was no exception with many audience members being offered standing room only. The concert, already acclaimed by many patrons, was made extra special this year with the release of Fodens’ exciting new CD venture. ‘Patrons Choice’ was released earlier this month and is exclusively made up of music chosen by the Fodens Patrons. The CD is a medley of wonderful music, young and old, that has been picked by the Fodens team out of over 100 requests made by its Patrons. Much of the music on show at the concert in early February featured on the CD and included ‘The Little Russian’, ‘Closest Thing to Crazy’, ‘Carnival for Bass’, ‘Checkmate’, ‘Procession to the Minster’ ‘Alpine Echoes’ and many more.


The concert was also a very special occasion for the recipients of the two annual awards, voted for by the players of the band.


Player of the year for 2007 was awarded to the bands assistant principal cornet, Richard Poole. Richard, as well as being a loyal servant to the band picking up the Principal Cornet and even Soprano roles when required, is also recognized as one of the finest cornet players of his generation. Understated and almost annoyingly modest, he has stunned audiences and bands alike since arriving up north in 2000 with his virtuosity professionalism and outstanding ability. Richard joined the band whilst studying at the RNCM in Manchester. His unrivaled commitment and musical contribution to the band was finally recognized this year, not a year too soon!




Bandsman of the year for 2007 was awarded to Mark Wilkinson. Mark is a household name within the brass band fraternity due to being regarded as one of the leading cornet players in the world as well as one of the most consistent and reliable cornet player in banding since joining Fodens in 1992 on Principal cornet. Marks commitment to the running of the band along with his huge phone bill, over heated PC and over worked email account would be enough to make most band secretaries blush.



Gareth Westwood

Fodens Band

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