Fodens travel to Armagh

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 18 February 2011

During the weekend 4th – 6th February 2011 Foden's Band made their 11th consecutive visit to Armagh, Northern Ireland for an action packed weekend of playing, training and fun.

On Friday 4th a reunion concert was held where members of the highly successful Foden's summer school (which last year celebrated its 10th Anniversary) performed the first half of the concert with Foden's under the direction of their Associate Conductor Mike Fowles performing the second half to a appreciative audience.

 On Saturday am Foden's held a conductors master class led by Mike Fowles. The masterclass gave 15 conductors of varying experience an opportunity to conduct Foden's (in front of an audience)with constructive feedback provided by Mike. Following the masterclass the band made their way to meet Major Jim Speers and mingle with members of Armagh Old Boys Band and the Old Comrades Association (Old Comrades of the Royal Irish Fusiliers 87th Battalion). The major welcomed everyone and made various presentations including an Armagh Bowl to the Foden's Band received by John Barber.

 After a fine lunch the Band made their way to St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral where they delivered a befitting programme of music including Andy Scott’s ‘Battle of Barossa’ to commemorate the 200th anniversary of this pivotal battle in the Napoleonic wars.


 To round off a busy day Foden's then performed an evening concert in the Market Place Theatre to a capacity audience performing pieces from their recently released 'Patrons Choice 4 cd' that was released in Ireland to coincide with the trip.

The event was highly enjoyable and successful and plans are well underway for Foden's visit to Ireland next February as well as their annual summer school in August.

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