British Open 2017

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 12 September 2017


On Saturday 9th September Foden's competed in the British Open Championships at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham which is regarded as one of the world's banding premier contests.

Despite having an early draw of 4 (out of 18 bands) Foden's gave a musical performance of the set test piece 'Fraternity' from the pen of Thierre Deleruyelle to a fantastic audience reception. Foden's were extremely pleased with their performance and feedback.

Preparations for the contest started back in April when 'Fraternity' was programmed for a performance in Denmark. From the onset the band enjoyed rehearsing a well structured and emotive piece of music which has made such an impact with bands and audiences.

As always Foden's had an enjoyable and musically rewarding week with their President Maestro Tovey. It is a privilege for Foden's to be associated with one of the World's leading conductors and are extremely grateful that he is able to take time out of his hectic schedule to be involved with Foden's and Brass Bands.

Foden's have a number of exciting projects with Bramwell that will help raise the profile of Foden's and Brass Bands in general (more to follow in due course)

Congratulations to Valaisia Band on their victory.

Adjudicators: Paul Cosh, Ray Farr, Stephen Roberts
1. Valaisia Brass Band (Arsene Duc)
2. Whitburn (Florent Didier)
3. Cory (Philip Harper)
4. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof David King)
5. Foden's (Bramwell Tovey)
6. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
7. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Janssen)
8. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
9. Desford Colliery (Leicestershire Miners Trust Fund) (Michael Fowles)
10. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
11. Fairey (Garry Cutt)
12. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
13. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
14. Flowers (David Childs)
15. *Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
16. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
17. Black Dyke (Prof Nicholas J. Childs)
18. *Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea)


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