Patrons Concert

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 23 February 2011

On Tuesday 22nd February Foden's held their annual 'Patrons Concert' to the bands 500 plus patrons at Sandbach School. 
During the concert the band performed a number of pieces under the direction of Associate Conductor Mike Fowles from their recently released 'Patrons Choice 4 cd' which contains pieces chosen by the bands patrons. The concert also gave the band chance to perform the 'test piece' Paganini Variations which was conducted by the bands Guest Conductor Allan Withington prior to the defence of their 'North West Area' title on the 27th February in Blackpool.
The band also took the opportunity to give out their annual awards for 'Player of the year' and 'Bandsman of the year.' Fellow members of the band voted for Richard Poole, the band's soprano cornet player who despite only being in the position since last June, has made a huge impact on the band's performances. Through the same process, Stewart Baglin was voted as 'Bandsman of the year' due to his outstanding contribution and commitment.
In attendance at the concert were many VIP guests including the band's new Vice President, European Parliament member, Elizabeth Sweeney. Mrs Sweeney is a dedicated follower of Brass bands and during an address to the audience she expressed her love for the movement and discussed what she wanted to bring to the band in relation to her various contacts and networking channels to take it into the next generation.
Andy Rolfe, the band secretary, announced the band's plans to host a solo and quartet competition on the 8th October this year. This solo competition is for any age or ability and is designed to encourage the development of music within the community at all levels. This is just one of the many plans that the band has for Sandbach, with whom it shares a close relationship. The band were also informed at the concert that Sandbach Council will continue to financially support the band for an extended 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