Foden's are the Champions

Posted by Mark Wlikinson on 28 February 2022



On Sunday the 27th February, Foden's competed at the North West Area Competition held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. 

The 'Area' is a qualification contest for the Nationals Finals which are held at the Royal Albert Hall, London in October. Due to Foden's winning the 'National Finals' last year they automatically received a 'bye' to the finals but a condition of this is that they would enter the 'Area' contest. 

Each of the 12 leading bands from the North West Area performed a set test piece - this year the chosen piece was 'Contest Music’ by composer Wilfred Heaton 

After a solid performance Foden's were crowned the 'North West Area Champions' for a record 24th time with their trombone section being awarded a prize for the best trombone section of the contest. The win secured the band their 6th consecutive victory at this contest. 

Adjudicators Anne Crookston and Robert Childs commented on the quality of the performance and that Foden's were the 'clear' winners.

1. Foden's (Russell Gray)**

2. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)*

3. Oldham (John Collins)*

4. Rainford (Sarah Groarke-Booth)

5. WEFL Fairey (Adam Cooke)

6. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon)

7. Milnrow (John Doyle)

8. Wingates (Paul Andrews)

9. Blackburn & Darwen (Daniel Thomas)

10. Boarshurst Silver (Jamie Prophet)

11. Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)

12. Wardle Anderson (Brad McCulloch) 


**Pre-qualified for National Final
* Invite to National Final 

Foden's band maintains a world class reputation for providing entertainment in the field of brass music with a tradition and unique style Mark Wilkinson