Foden's Principal Cornet in prestigious award

Posted by Mark Wlikinson on 10 March 2022

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mark wilkinsonFoden's are pleased to announce that their Principal Cornet player Mark Wilkinson has been award the 'The Iles Medal' by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The annual award was first presented in 1947 by John Henry Iles, a Pastmaster of the Company, and is awarded to musicians who have made a significant contribution to the brass band movement. 

The award, which is the highest accolade made to an individual within the brass band community, is for his outstanding commitment to Foden’s Band where he has held the position of Principal Cornet for thirty years, being the longest serving Principal Cornet in the band's history. In 2013 he was also appointed as their Band Manager, playing a crucial role in maintaining the band’s high standards.

Mark was also singled out for his youth education work that has seen him make significant contribution as a music educator, as a tutor with the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain as well as the National Youth Brass Bands of Wales and Switzerland. He is also a former Visiting Cornet professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University as well as being a founder member of the Northern Ireland Armagh Summer School.

Having first come to prominence at the age of 13 as the principal cornet of the Besses Boys Band, he went on to become principal cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and Wingates Band before joining Foden's in January 1992. As a soloist he has performed in France, USA, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, and Ireland and also has a number of solo recordings to his credit.

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