Foden's announce RNCM Festival Programme

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 16 October 2015

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Foden 03Foden's are delighted to have be invited once again to perform at the prestigeous 'RNCM Brass Band Festival' in January 2016. The festival is regarded as one of the most important festivals of brass band music, often featuring new commissions, ground breaking performances of contemporary repertoire as well as classics of the brass band repertoire.

On Saturday evening Foden's provide a deliberately eclectic programme, with a rare outing for Arthur Butterworth's powerful ‘Odin’, the climax to what promises to be a varied and colourful evening. 

Benjamin Britten’s substantial orchestral score for a radio drama, ‘King Arthur’ is to be heard for the first time, whilst contrast will be shown in John Mackey's ‘Ashphalt Cocktail’ and Andy Scott's ‘A Child Like You’.

Foden's challenging programme will be lead by guest conductor James Gourlay and will feature new Euphonium Soloist Dave Thornton as the bands soloist. James Gourlay is regarded as one of the finest Tuba soloists and conductors in the world. He now resides in USA but conducted Foden's at RNCM festival in 2012 as well as on the critically acclaimed CD featuring soloist Jens Lindemann in the same year. We are delighted to welcome him back once again. 

For the second time in it's short existance, the Foden's Youth Band have also been invited to perform at the festival. In 2013 the Youth Band shared a concert with the Junior Royal Northern College Band. In 2016 Foden's Youth Band will appear in their own concert on Sunday 31st January at 10am in a free performance. The Youth Band will be directed by Michael Fowles and Mark Bousie and feature a work commisioned for the band by Lucy Pankhurst in 2013 as well as pieces by Simon Dobson, Dean Goffin, Joseph Horovitz and Michael Ball. Speaking about the performance, founder and co-ordinator Ian Raisbeck said 'I am absolutely delighted that Foden's Youth Band have been invited back to the festival. In 2013 our concert with Junior RNCM attracted the largest audience of the festival and I know our players are very excited about perforing in their own slot this time around. We have some fantastic music to play by composers new and old.'         

Full programmes are listed below. Tickets on sale from 12th October: 0161 907 5555


Saturday 30th January 7.30pm:  
RNCM Concert Hall
Foden's Band 

James Gourlay & Michael Fowles (conductors) 
Anna-Clare Monk (soprano), Lauren Scott (harp) & David Thornton (euphonium)

King Arthur, Scenes from a radio play (Benjamin Britten arr. Hindmarsh)   
Euphonium Concerto (Michael Ball)                                    
Theme and Co-operation (Joseph Horovitz)                            
Asphalt Cocktail (John Mackey)                                  
A Child like You (Andy Scott)                                      
Odin - From the Land of Fire and Ice, Op 76 (Arthur Butterworth)                          

Tickets: £16, £14

Sunday 31st January 10.00am:
RNCM Theatre
Foden's Youth Band
Mark Bousie and Michael Fowles (conductors)

Three Minute Warning (Lucy Pankhurst)                               
Light of the World (Dean Goffin)                                     
Three Pieces from Music Hall Suite (Joseph Horovitz)                              
Firefly (Simon Dobson)                                 
Cambrian Suite (Michael Ball)                                     

Free admission: no ticket required

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