Northern Ireland Visit

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 12 February 2015

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On Friday 6th February Foden’s  made its annual pilgrimage to Northern Ireland as guests of the Armagh Old Boy’s Brass Band. Now in its 15thconsecutive year, this trip is one of the undoubted highlights of Foden’s hectic concert schedule.

On Saturday Foden's held a 3 hour rehearsal with 20 highly talented youngsters who’s ages ranged from 9 to 19. The soloists and groups were of mixed ability with those who were just starting out in their banding careers and had chosen their respective solos wisely, whilst others showed great maturity and understanding of the music they chose.  With a lot of gusto and a total lack of fear, each and every single one of these soloists shone whilst the band provided sympathetic backing and encouragement to a very appreciative audience. These youngsters must be commended for their approach and sheer enthusiasm. The future of banding across the Irish Sea is blossoming and is in good hands it seems! Once again, in-between the morning’s rehearsal and the afternoon concert, the band and the young soloists were shown the kind of hospitality that has become synonymous with this trip.

The evening concert belonged to Foden’s who performed current repertoire featuring tracks from their latest cd's and array of world class soloists.
Foden's will make a return to Armagh next year as well as holding their annual summer school between the 3rd and 8th August '15 (further details to be announced in due course)
As has always been the case with this trip, our Vice-President Ivor Stephenson and his dedicated team of helpers must be thanked for their hospitality, communications and organisation. Without them, the trip would not have been possible.
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