Foden's placed 3rd at the British Open Championships

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 13 September 2019


On Saturday 7th September Foden's travelled to the Symphony Hall, Birmingham to compete at the British Open Contest against sixteen of the UK's leading bands as well as the 2018 European Champions.The contest is regarded as one of the World's leading brass band events (along with the National Finals) due to the quality of bands and all 2300 tickets were sold within two days. As well as ticket sales, this year saw the contest streamed across the World to a large audience.


The test piece that each band performed was composed by Peter Graham to celebrate the life of the Mortimer family who played an important part in Foden's history and was entitled 'Dynasty.' Foden's received a fantastic response to their performance and the large majority of audience members and critics were predicting a top two position.

Following the results we were placed 3rd and now look forward to defending our title at the National Finals to be held at the Royal Albert Hall, London on the 12th October

1. Cory (Philip Harper)
2. Black Dyke (Prof Nicholas J. Childs)
3. Foden's (Russell Gray)
4. Desford Colliery (LMTF) (Michael Fowles)
5. Flowers (Paul Holland)
6. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof David King)
7. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr David Thornton)
8. Fairey (Garry Cutt)
9. Aldbourne (Ivan Meylemans)
10. the cooperation band (Phillip McCann)
11. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
12. Valaisia Brass Band (Arsene Duc)
13. Hammonds (Morgan Griffiths)
14. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Luc Vertommen)
15. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
16. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
17. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
18. Whitburn (Florent Didier)

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