Keele Partnership Launched with Workshop and Concert

Posted by Nicholas Reyland on 2 May 2016

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keele1keele2Brass musicians young and old came to Keele last weekend for a workshop and concert celebrating a new partnership between Foden’s and Music & Music Technology at Keele.
Tutors from Foden’s worked with two brass bands – beginners conducted by Anna Hughes-Williams and more advanced conducted by Mark Wilkinson throughout the afternoon. Each workshop group, and a massed workshop band, later performed a set at the evening concert – a St. George’s Day Spectacular in the Chapel featuring music from Foden’s (conducted by Richard Evans) plus performances by Keele’s own brass band conducted by Music student Amy Stringer. Soloists from Keele (Hugo Boucheny, Jordan Edge, Oliver Sargeant, David Foulger, Andrew Hartnell) also enjoyed the incredible opportunity of playing solos with Foden’s. Between events, workshoppers and tutors retired to the Clock House for tea, accompanied by Music & Music Technology’s Programme Director, Dr Nicholas Reyland, where they could learn more about studying at Keele. 
Feedback on this amazing day – the first of a series pairing outreach workshops and concerts being developed by Music & Music Technology with various partners – has been uniformly positive. Workshop participants came from far and wide via local music services, brass bands and schools. One workshopper wrote: "A huge thanks for yesterday’s brass band workshop with Foden’s. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a lot from all the tutors. It was great to meet fellow musicians who also have a wish to improve and learn more.” The workshop and concert were organized by Dr Reyland with the assistance and support of Kerry Jones (Arts Keele), Keele University Brass Band, Keele Outreach, plus Foden’s Ian Raisbeck and Mark Wilkinson. It is to be an annual event.
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