Foden's Publishing

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 19 April 2021


Foden’s are pleased to announce the launch of their new publishing company, just in time for the return of live band rehearsals and performances this summer.

“We believe this is a first for a brass band,” said band manager Mark Wilkinson. “Foden’s have a long and proud history of bringing new music to banding audiences, but it is a significant move to actually begin to publish our own music. This is an exciting step for the band which will, we hope, enable other bands to enjoy repertoire with a special connection to Foden’s.”

The current stable of writers includes band members John Barber, Jonathan Bates, Nick Birch, Iain McKnight and Ian Raisbeck as well as former member Andrew Stevenson. Also included are works from Dorian Kelly and Richard Haydn Taylor which were prize-winners in the 2019 Foden’s Band Composers Contest.

“Although our catalogue is definitely still in its ‘growth’ stage, we already have a varied selection of 18 works for bands, ensembles or soloists,” commented Iain McKnight, manager of Foden’s Band Publishing. “Thy Tribute Bring and King of Swing, both of which featured in our 2018 Brass in Concert programme, are included as well as our innovative ‘play-along’ solos – recently released online with recorded accompaniments by band players – in piano accompaniment format. There are also concert works for bands of every level with much more to come!”

“Publishing solely in PDF format is a response to the increasingly digital age in which we live,” added Iain. “Bands will have their music available at the click of a mouse which will hopefully eradicate the phenomenon of the missing second baritone part! Reflecting this format, pieces are competitively priced so that, in turn, we offer a generous commission rate to our writers whilst providing a valuable source of revenue for the band.”


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