North West Area Champions

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 29 February 2016


Fodens Area 2016On Sunday 28th February Foden's competed at the North West Area Competition held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The 'Area' contest is a qualification contest for the Nationals Finals which are held at the Royal Albert Hall, London in October. 

Each of the 12 bands performed a set test piece - this year the chosen piece was  'Cambridge Variations ' by composer Philip Sparke. A capacity audience were present to hear the contest.

After a solid performance that was described by one of the adjudicators as being a 'clear winner' Foden's were crowned the North West Area Champions for the first time since 2011 under the baton of Professor Nicholas Childs (a former Musical Director of the band). Foden's look forward to representing the North West Area in October.


1. Foden's (Prof Nicholas Childs)**
2. Wingates (Paul Andrews)**
3. Fairey (Garry Cutt)*
4. Ashton-Under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)
5. Leyland (Thomas Wyss) 
6. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
7. Blackburn & Darwen (Huw Thomas)
8. Co-operative Funeralcare North West (Jef Sparkes)
9. Diggle (Alan Wycherley)
10. Roberts Bakery (Simon Stonehouse)
11. Freckleton (Paul Dalton)
12. Oldham (Lees) (John Collins)

*Pre-qualified for the National Final

** Qualify for the National Final

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