Foden's announce finalist for their Solo Contest stream to be held on the 30th October

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 8 October 2020

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In 2010 Foden's launched their inaugural 'Solo and Quartet Contest' which has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the UK. Sadly, due to Covid, its 10th Anniversary event was moved online. Over the past month, 70 entries have been uploaded to the bands facebook page from all corners of the World being viewed 140,000 times over four different categories. Due to the amount of entries the band used four of its Principal players to shortlist each section to five finalists.

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The result from the preliminary round in no particular order. 

Under 18's Slow Melody (Adjudicator Jonathan Bates)

Lia Teague 

Lewis Barton 

Megan Newberry 

Nadia James 

Frederik Engelsen

Over 18's Slow Melody (Adjudicator Mark Wilkinson)

Anthony Smith 

Della Pearce 

Sarah Billard 

Peter McDonough 

Nathan Moore

Under 18's Air Varie (Adjudicator John Barber) 

Nadia James 

Lia Teague 

Daniel Marsh 

Christopher Oddy 

Lewis Barton

Over 18's Air Varie (Adjudicator Gary Curtin) 

Peter McDonough 

Andrew Blackledge 

Kelly Kaya 

Daniel Sharpe 

Chao Fena

Foden's are still welcoming entries for their Ensemble (4 to 10 players) and Percussion sections with a deadline of the 28th October. Further details can be obtained via darren@fodensband.co.uk. The adjudicators for these sections are Michael Fowles and Mark Landon.   

On the 30th October Foden's will stream the Grand Final via www.youtube.com/fodensband1900 commencing at 7pm. The adjudicators will be the same as the heats, being joined by Bramwell Tovey, David Childs, Russell Gray and Simone Rebello with the broadcast hosted by Iwan Fox.

Foden's would like to thank all competitors for submitting entries, Kapitol Promotions and Brass Band World for their support and Arts Council England. 

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