Foden's are the National Champions of Great Britain

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 10 October 2018


fodens band national champions 2018On Saturday 6th October Foden's competed at the 'National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain' held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The contest featured the top 20 brass bands from around the UK who qualified from competing at various 'Area' contests across the country. Foden's won the 'North West Area' in February for the third consecutive year.

Each band had to perform the set piece entitled 'Handel in the Band' by the highly respected Salvation Army composer Kenneth Downie

Foden's were drawn to play 8th in the contest under the direction of guest Conductor Russell Gray with their performance receiving a fantastic reaction from the audience in access of 2500 people. Despite the high quality of playing from all bands throughout the day Foden's were later announced as the winners and also received an invitation to represent England at the 'European Brass Band Championships' to be held in Lithuania in 2020

Please see links to video interviews with the adjudicators, adjudication remarks as well as a report on the contest courtesy of 4barsrest

Test Piece: Handel in the Band (Dr Kenneth Downie)
Adjudicators: Paul Holland, Alan Morrison, Luc Vertommen

1. Foden's (Russell Gray)**
2. Cory (Philip Harper)*
3. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof David King)*
4. Black Dyke (Prof Nicholas Childs)*
5. Fairey (Garry Cutt)
6. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
7. Flowers (Steve Sykes)
8. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
9. Whitburn (Florent Didier)
10. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)
11. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
12. Co-operative Funeralcare (Frans Violet)
13. Virtuosi Gus (Adam Cooke)
14. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
15. Desford Colliery (Michael Fowles)
16. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
17. Thundersley (Nigel Taken)
18. City of Cardiff (Mellingriffith) (Nigel Seaman)
19. Tongwynlais Temperance (Andreas Kratz)
20. RMT Fishburn (David Hirst)

Best Instrumentalist: Chris Thomas (trombone) — Cory

* Top 4 pre-qualified for 2019 National Final
** Denotes Qualification for 2020 European Brass Band Championships as highest placed English representative

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