Foden’s Youth & Junior Bands set for a new season

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 16 August 2017


Ahead of the start of a term, the Foden’s Youth and Junior Bands are welcoming new applicants.

Once again, the coming academic year promises to be an exciting year of music making, taking part in inspirational workshops and with various performance opportunities including at the very first Foden’s Youth Festival in October.

For the Foden’s Youth Band, the academic year will be the 6th season since formation in 2012 and will begin with a weekend course at Sandbach School in September. 60+ young brass and percussion players will meet to take part in seating auditions, sectional rehearsals, full band rehearsals, masterclasses and team building sessions all lead by the team of experienced Foden’s conductors and tutors.

Meanwhile, at Lymm High School Warrington, the Foden’s Junior Band will meet for their 3rd year of music making. Under the baton of the inspirational Anna Hughes-Williams, the band has provided opportunities for younger and less experienced brass players to join the Foden’s family. Again, receiving monthly guidance from the experienced team of Foden’s tutors, the players will perform alongside Foden’s as well as in their own events during the year.

Commenting on the new term, founder and co-ordinator Ian Raisbeck said ‘It is hard to believe that we are now entering our 6th year of these projects, over the years we have been delighted with the enthusiasm and uptake which sees around 70 members now in the Youth Band. We are very fortunate that Besson, RNCM, Love Music Trust and Accent Music Hub support us in these ventures, without their generous support we would not be able to offer these opportunities to young musicians.’

Foden’s Youth and Junior Bands are open to new applicants. Details can be found at

Please enjoy this promotional video which has been made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England

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