Fodens Players in the Isle of Man

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 18 January 2013

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Players of the Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass were delighted recently when they welcomed members of Fodens Band to the Isle of Man for a weekend of workshop rehearsals.


Over an intensive three days, Mark Wilkinson (Principal Cornet), Glyn Williams (Principal Euphonium), Helen Williams (Flugel Horn) and John Barber (Principal Trombone) put both bands through their paces.


With the Manx Youth Band they worked on a handful of pieces in preparation for this year’s Manx Music Festival at the end of April. Amongst these was Edward Gregson’s “Suite – Voices of Youth” which the band will play in the test piece class at the “Guild”.


During the weekend some 40 young players aged from 7 to 18 attended the workshops and all enjoyed the opportunity to work with such top class players.


Ian Clague MBE continues to take the band from strength to strength and is always keen for any opportunity to help the young players improve their ability and develop their interest in music.

Prior to Christmas some 24 players took Associated Board music exams, Ian commented he was “delighted that with the support of a small team of helpers, once again all players had passed their exams, which ranged from grade 2 to grade 6”.



Rehearsals with Manx Concert Brass focussed on Gareth Wood’s “Brass Triumphant”, which the band will play as their test piece in the First Section of the North West Regional Finals in Blackpool on 10th March.


Manx Concert Brass was formed in 1995 when older players wanted to continue playing with the organisation but became too old to play for the “youth” band. Ian Clague MBE has led the band since its formation, during a time which has seen them progress from being Fourth Section National Champions in 1996 to now playing in the First Section with a majority of the band from 1996 still playing.



Fodens Band will return to the Isle of Man later this year when they will play a concert in the Villa Marina Royal Hall on Saturday 13th July, a significant date in the venue’s history as it marks 100 years since the doors were opened to the public for the first time.


Tickets will be available from the Villa Marina Box Office in due course.





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