Foden's announce details of their forthcoming Solo Contest

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 19 September 2016

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Foden’s Band are delighted to announce details of their 6th Open Solo, duet, and quartet competition to be held once again in Sandbach on Saturday 29th October.

Speaking about the forthcoming event Fiona Rolfe commented 'We are once again looking forward to hosting our annual Solo Contest which is regarded as the leading Solo Contest in the country. Last year over 140 participants competed in the various sections from all over the UK and Europe with the standard in all age groups being exceptionally high. Once again we are very grateful to Besson and AUDI (Macclesfield) for their continued support, without which the array of prizes and bursaries would not be possible. Astute Music and Lions Youth Brass continue to bolster prizes, offering bursaries and music lessons as prizes. Due to the large costs involved in running an event of this kind we are currently looking for additional sponsors and any interested companies or individuals can contact myself.'
'Competitors will once again be able to rub shoulders with Foden’s players as they look after stewarding, announcing, ticket sales and even cooking the food!  In previous year’s an Australian entrant has held the accolade of being our furthest-travelled competitor, but this year sees a young euphonium player travelling to the competition from Beijing in China, such is the reputation of the competition.'

Although there will be no percussion classes this year, Foden's look forward to inviting entries for the new ‘Vintage’ Air Varie/Florid class, making 16 brass classes.  The enviable Blue Riband Open class continues to attract players of the highest calibre, and once again Foden's promise not to disappoint.

The adjudicators for the contest will be announced shortly.

Details of this year’s competition can be obtained by emailing Fiona Rolfe:  [email protected]  or downloading an entry form here.

To help advertise the event Foden's have produced a video as part of their recent successful major award from Arts Council England through ‘Grants for the Arts’ for a “Three Year Strategic Music and Audience Development Plan 2016-2019”.

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