Foden's Youth & Junior Bands set for Autumn Restart

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 27 August 2021

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Sunday 15th March 2020 saw the last face-to-face rehearsal of the Foden’s Youth and Junior Bands. Since then, a series of online workshops, solo competitions and virtual performances were offered to keep the bands alive, but we are now delighted to announce that Foden’s Youth and Junior Bands will return this autumn.

sep 2021 rpomo slideSince September 2012, Foden’s have supported their own Youth Band, adding a Junior Band in 2015 due to popular demand. The bands meet 10 times per year, taking part in rehearsals, sectionals & workshops lead by Foden’s Band’s talented and experienced team of conductors and tutors, often performing challenging repertoire and new commissions.

In 2022, the Youth Band celebrates it’s 10th anniversary with a concert featuring a brand new piece composed by Jonathon Bates for the combined forces of Foden’s, Foden’s Youth & Foden’s Junior Bands to perform together.

Before then, the Autumn term will feature rehearsals directed by Russel Gray and Michael Fowles, as well as a chance to perform with soloist Gary Curtin. Meanwhile, the Junior Band will recommence rehearsals under the guidance of the inspirational Anna Hughes-Williams

The bands are now welcoming new players, if you meet the following criteria we want to hear from you…

  • Youth Band: Aged 21 or under (on 1st September) & standard equivalent to grade 5 or higher.
  • Junior Band: Aged 18 or under (on 1st September) & standard equivalent to grade 2 or higher.

To find out more, and to apply for your place; visit the youth section of the website

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