Foden's perform at the RNCM 'Brass Band Festival'

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 29 January 2019

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On Friday 25th January Foden's performed the opening concert of the RNCM Brass Band Festival.

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The concert material was extremely challenging with the 1st half consisting of Salamander by John McCabe (written for the 1994 British Open) and Wilfred Heatons Trombone Concerto which showcased the amazing talents of Ian Bousfield who delivered a faultless performance of this demanding 30 minute work.

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After the interval Foden's performed the World Premiere of 'Edwin' by Andy Scott (commissioned by Foden's courtesy of an Arts Council Grant). 'Edwin' is dedicated and based on Edwin Firth, principal cornet of Foden's who was sadly killed in WW1 on the 1st June 1918. The composition also featured an extended cornet cadenza performed on Edwin's cornet which dates from 1902. Foden's continued with Threnody by Henry Gheel before closing the concert with 'The Severn Suite' by Edward Elgar.

The Conducting duties were shared between Michael Fowles and Dr James Gourlay who made a welcomed return to Sandbach.

Foden's would like to thank Ian and James as well as the RNCM and Paul Hindmarsh for their work in organising such a fantastic showcase for Brass Bands.

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