Fodens entertain and coach in Dolgellau

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 20 October 2011

On Saturday 1st October 2011 Foden’s Band headed for their fourth annual visit to Dolgellau in Gwynedd.

Over 50 local youngsters (and the young at heart) spent the afternoon with Mark Wilkinson, Andy Rolfe, Mark Landon, Stu Baglin and Helen Williams working on a number of short pieces that were to be included in the evening concert later in the day. There were a number of players for whom this was to be their first EVER live performance! After a full band rehearsal lead by Glyn Williams, the workshop band split into sectionals and worked on the finer points of the music before a quick cup of tea and a last run through of the pieces chosen.

The rest of Foden’s arrived in time for tea (provided by Llewella Williams) and then prepared for the concert.

The audience were entertained by Weber’s Ruler of the Spirits featuring fantastice Soprano Cornet playing by Richard Poole who also left some of the younger members of the audience speechless with a stunning performance of his own arrangement of “La Virgin de la Macarena”. Other soloists included both Helen & Glyn Williams on flugel and euphonium, and Mark Landon on percussion.

The last two movements of Suite Gothique sent everyone musically satisfied into the interval, when the stage was reset and filled to capacity with chairs for the workshop band (joined by several members of Foden’s).

Performing True & Trusty, Mbale, Anna Magdalena’s Minuet and Swingin’ in the Hall of the Mountain King every member of the band played their part and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, promising to be back next year for more.

Foden’s then closed the concert with what was the undoubted favourite of many of the young players from the workshop band – Eshkari’s soundtrack from  Stardust the Motion Picture, cleverly arranged by Gareth Westwood.

The Dolgellau concert has become a firm favourite in Foden’s hectic calendar which in due to the fantastic hospitality given to all the band members by the Williams family who organize the whole event.  The Band extends its thanks to Llewella, Emlyn, Linda, Aled and all their helpers and looks forward to next year


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