Trick and Treats

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 9 November 2009

Musical tricks and treats at Halloween

On Saturday 31st October a group of young people (aged from 9 to 65+!) met to further their musical skills under the tutelage of a group of players from the Fodens Band, Glyn Williams (Euphonium), Mark Wilkinson (Cornet), Helen Williams (Horns), John Barber (Trombone), Stewart Baglin (Tubas) and Mark Landon (Percussion).

The focus for the day was group playing, with a series of rehearsals under the baton of Glyn Williams interspersed with sectional rehearsals.

The event was held at All Saints’ Church, Hoole, Chester, and was staged by Ian Clowes and Tony Blain, of Chester Brass, the training ensemble of the City of Chester Band. While intended primarily for training band members and interested children from local schools the event attracted people from bands across Cheshire. In fact, the event even drew a family from Todmorden, Yorkshire!

After lunch the 50 strong workshop were treated to a short concert given by the Foden tutors which highlighted the fun side of banding with a great solo by Mark Landon.

Following further rehearsals the day ended with an impressive concert for family and friends that many a lower section band would have been proud of.

The workshop was a great success and clearly the enthusiasm of the Fodens players has rubbed off on many of the participants as Chester are already in talks with Fodens about a repeat workshop early in 2010.

Organiser Ian Clowes commented, ‘It was a great day that everyone enjoyed and learned from. We’re now looking to organise more frequent workshops and develop links with local schools to improve the profile of brass instruments and especially ensemble playing in the Chester area.’







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