Foden's Solo Contest 2015

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 30 June 2015

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Glyn Profile picPlans are well under way for the forthcoming Foden's Solo Contest (which is the largest of its kind in the UK) to be held in Sandbach on the 31st October 2015.
As well as various prizes and bursaries, Glyn Williams (pictured left) will now provide a trophy for the 'most outstanding euphonium player of the day'.  This will be in a different age group each year and will be for the highest placed euphonium in that particular class. Also, Lyndon Baglin (pictured below) will have a trophy presented in his name for the new 'Vintage' slow melody class. Lyndon needs little introduction, being regarded as one of the finest Euphonium exponents ever, and his son Stewart Baglin is a member of Foden's. 
In 2014 the winner of the 17-19 slow melody class (won by Daniel Thomas) had a piece composed for him by Lee Morris. Speaking about the commission Lee said 'It’s been a while in the making, but the new solo Commissioned by Fodens Band for 2014 prize winner Daniel Thomas is finished. When I met Dan , he asked for something that would be fun to play and  could incorporate lots of different techniques. I subsequently came up with 'Descendant's of the Dragon' which is a piece in 3 continuous movements. Starting in the tranquil Gardens of the far East, featuring lots of percussive sounds and a slow meandering melody. A cadenza with optional multi-phonics takes us into a second, shorter section where the intensity of the music builds with further use of multi-phonics from the soloist and heavier bass sounds to signal the coming of a great battle. The finale builds on the main theme with some virtuosic playing from soloist and band, before come to a thumping close.'
Foden's are pleased that Lee will once again write a solo as part of a prize for one of the section winners.

The closing date for entries is 27th September which will be a strict cut of date. 
Entry details can be obtained via

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