Youth and Junior Bands Up and Running

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 5 October 2016

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Fresh from their second rehearsals of the academic year, the Foden’s Youth and Junior Bands are once again looking forward to an exciting year of music making.

For the Foden’s Youth Band, the academic year began with a weekend course at Sandbach School in September. 60 young brass and percussion players met 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.

Meeting monthly, one of the main objectives of the Youth Band is to give opportunities for young musicians to perform new repertoire and original brass band compositions. This year was no different, with a premiere of a new work by student composer Ben Smith titled ‘Charged’, as well as major brass band compositions by Wilfred Heaton and Peter Graham.  

The weekend was rounded off with a concert performance given by Foden’s Youth Band and invited guests, Lions Youth Brass and Macclesfield Youth Brass Band. A large audience of parents and supporters filled the sports hall at Sandbach School to hear the three bands showing their early season form and much promise for the year ahead.

October saw the Youth Band meet to begin preparations for a concert in November which will feature a massed performance of Andrew Stevenson’s ‘Tales of Myths & Legends’ alongside Foden’s Band.

Meanwhile, at Lymm High School Warrington, the Foden’s Junior Band met on 25th September to begin their 2nd year of music making. Under the baton of the inspirations 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.

Commenting on the successful start, founder and co-ordinator Ian Raisbeck said ‘I know I am not alone when I say it is a great delight for all at Foden’s to be able to enthuse the next generation of brass & percussion players. 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 remain 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:

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