Foden's Solo Contest

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 5 November 2019

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On Saturday 2nd November Foden’s Band held their annual Solo and Ensemble competition at Sandbach School which attracted 135 competitors across 16 sections.

Speaking about the contest Andrew Rolfe commented ‘We would like to thank all those competitors and supporters who attended our 9th annual contest which included a large number of overseas visitors from Belgium, Norway and Switzerland. Once again the standard across the sections was extremely high and our adjudicators Mike Lovatt, John Doyle and Mark Wilkinson had a number of difficult decisions to make due to this. As well as adjudicating, Mike Lovatt provided an inspirational master class which left everyone in awe of his fantastic playing. The Foden’s members were kept busy all day stewarding the event as well as serving and making hot food. Ian Goldy was in attendance taking photos which have been made available to purchase via the below link. We would like to thank Kapitol Promotions and Brass Band World for inviting the winner of the Open Air Varie, Lorenz Havermans to play a recital at the Kapitol National Brass Band Finals at Cheltenham in 2020 prior to the results.

Andy continued ‘Without the support of Kapitol Promotions, Brass Band World, Hercules, Sandbach Music,  Goldy Solutions and Sandbach Town Council the event would not be able to take place. Our thanks also go to our Main sponsor Geneva Instruments for their support and for awarding a large number of instrument vouchers as prizes.



Class 1: 11 & Under Slow Melody

Helen Stewart Memorial Quaich

1 Annie Stuart

2 Isabelle Owen

3 Archie Pannell


Class 2: 12 & 13 Slow Melody

Diamond Jubilee Trophy

1 Aidan Grant

2 Olivia Taylor

3 James Gray


Class 3: 14 - 16 Slow Melody

B & G.J. Birch Memorial Cup

1 Milla Van Lint

2 Simon Binon

3 Edward Culpin


Class 4: 17 - 19 Slow Melody

Bryan Tait Trophy

1 Alfie Bousfield

2 Lynn Van de Venne

3 Martijn Binon


Class 5: Vintage Slow Melody

Lyndon Baglin Trophy

1 Patricia Woodings

2 Antony Sanders

3 Andrew Blackledge


Class 6: Open Slow Melody

Mark Wilkinson Trophy

1 Peter McDonough

2 Jonas Violet

3 Tim Pannell


Class 7: Under 16 Air Varie

Granville Jennings Trophy

1 Daniel Marsh

2 Alice Newbould

3 Simon Binon


Class 8: 16-21 Air Varie

Louise Charles Memorial Trophy

1 Thibaut de Bondt

2 Nadia James

3 Lina Van Lint


Class 9: Vintage Air Varie

Bramwell Tovey Award

1 Andrew Blackledge

2 Antony Sanders

3 Marrianne Garbutt


Class 10: Open Air Varie

Peter Fletcher President’s Trophy

1 Lorenz Havermans

2 Jonas Violet

3 Daniel Marsh


Class 11: 11 & Under Duet

Roy Allcock Prize

1 Rhys & Skye Stokes

2 Jasmine Squires-Evans & Rayan al Badawi

3 Sam Mati & George Walker


Class 12: 12 – 16 Duet

George Rolfe Memorial Cup

1 The Stuart Sisters

2 Ben Parkinson & Rowan Tjepkema

3 Hannah Taylor & Bethany Harby


Class 13: Open Duet

Sandbach Boys School Trophy

1 Horence Lam & Yuchen Hou

2 Martijn & Kris Binon

3 Ngo Tin Chan & Cheuk Him Chan


Class 13a: Parent & Child Duet

Annual Trophy

1 Isabelle Owen & her Mum

2 Jasmine Squires-Evans and her Daddy

3 Simon Binon & his dad


Class 14: 11 & Under Ensemble

Annual Award

1 Over Wyre Brass Ensemble

2 Over Wyre Brass Quartet


Class 15: 12 – 16 Ensemble

Helen McCabe Shield

Place Competitor’s Name

1 Over Wyre Youth Band Quartet

Class 16: Open Ensemble

Foden’s Band Challenge Trophy

1 Simon, Martijn & Kris Binon



Overall most outstanding performance of the day: Flowcrete Trophy Jasmine Squires-Evans

Most promising local player: Sandbach Town Council Trophy Nadia James

Most promising player 11 & Under: Lions Youth Brass Trophy & Lesson Archie Pannell

Most outstanding cornet: Astute Trophy Alice Newbould

Most outstanding horn Lina Van Lint

Most outstanding Euph/Bari Lorenz/Havermans

Most outstanding Trombone Nick Stokes

Youngest player Glyn Stokes

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