Foden's awarded 'Quality of Performance' at the 'Brass in Concert' entertainment contest

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 10 December 2021

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BIC 2021

On Saturday 20th November Foden's competed at the 'Brass in Concert' entertainment contest at the Saga, Gateshead which is regarded as the leading brass band entertainment contest in the World's banding calendar due to the quality of the bands invited to compete. 

At the contest, bands are judged on the quality of their playing as well as programme content and innovation. 

Foden's are extremely fortunate to have a number of skilled composers and arrangers amongst their ranks, these talents were utilised when planning the programme 'Into the Dark' which included references to Ghosts, Ghouls, Witches and Jack the Ripper!!!!!. The 'show' utilised the venues lighting to full effect as well as their large multimedia screen receiving an excellence response from both audience and adjudicators.

The band, conducted by Michael Fowles were awarded a very respectful 2nd place overall as well as winning the 'best percussion section' and 'Quality of Performance' 

Full results -

Mark David & Peter Moore (Quality of Performance)
Andrew Duncan (Programme Content)
Jayne Murrill & Chris Jeans (Entertainment & Presentation)
Dr David Childs (Soloist and Individual Awards)

Music/Music/Content/Entertainment = Total
David/Moore/Duncan/Murrill/Jeans = Total

1. Cory (Philip Harper): 60/51/40/20/20 = 191
2. Foden's (Michael Fowles): 57/60/32/16/18 = 183
3. Flowers (Paul Holland): 54/54/28/17/16 = 169
4. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Allan Withington): 51/42/38/18/19 = 168
5. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse): 42/57/34/14/17 = 164
6. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr David Thornton): 45/48/36/15/15 = 159
7. Hammonds (Morgan Griffiths): 48/45/22/11/12 = 138*
8. Friary (Chris King): 39/36/30/19/14 = 138
9. NASUWT Riverside (Prof Nicholas J Childs): 36/39/24/12/13 = 124
10. Redbridge (Chris Bearman): 33/33/26/13/11 = 116

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