Fodens coaching day with Lions Youth

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 8 March 2011

On Sunday 6th March Lions Youth Brass began their preparations in earnest for The National Youth Championships with members of The Fodens Band and Mike Fowles.

This year’s test piece is Phillip Wilbys Psalms and Alleluias, which is very demanding, so the band hoped that some of the excellence of the bands win at Blackpool would rub off on the young players
The day began at 9.30 with Mark Bousie, who ironically will be conducting St. Helens in the same section at Manchester, taking the band through some Hymn Tunes and general warm up exercises.
The band then broke up into sections led by Richard Poole, Nick Jackson, Leslie Howie, Shaun Farrington, Mark Bousie, Stewart Baglin and Anthony Mann.
At 12.15 the band and tutors had earned a buffet lunch provided by parents of the players and there was not much left at the end of it.
The afternoon rehearsal which began at 1pm was taken by Fodens conductor Mike Fowles, who is a regular visitor to Lions. He directed the band on their other national pieces, which included a new work commissioned for the band, especially for the contest by Ian Raisbeck, called Ground Bass. Ian plays front row cornet with Fodens and is also the conductor of The Lions Junior Band. The other pieces were Blessed Assurance and Hymn to Barossa by Fodens Composer in Residence Andy Scott.
Mike then turned his attention to the test-piece and worked the band solidly until around 3pm.
At the end of the workshop Nigel Birch thanked all the players from Fodens and Mike Fowles and also praised his own players for their hard work.
Speaking on behalf of the band Nigel Birch says he sees it as his responsibility to provide his players with the best opportunities possible and by bringing the members of Fodens Band and Mike Fowles to the band feels he is achieving that aim, and it also continues to enhance the strong links that Lions Youth Brass already has with The Fodens Band.
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