'Reflections' on the British Open 2015

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 8 September 2015

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On Saturday 5th September Foden's competed at the 'British Open Contest' held at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Following a number 17 draw (out of 18 bands) the band were very pleased with their performance of 'Reflections on Swan Lake' by composer Stephen Roberts as well as the various feedback and messages received from supporters, audience members and banding press. The contest was the first 'contest' appearance for the bands new principal players David Thornton and David Gillson as well as the bands new solo cornet player Kathleen Gaspoz. The band enjoyed performing to a large and enthusiastic audience, probably the largest at the contest in a long time.

All at Foden's would like to congratulation Dr Robert Childs and Grimethorpe Band on becoming the 'British Open Champions' as well as Foden's former Euphonium player Glyn Williams on being awarded the 'Best Euphonium' award.


Adjudicators: Derek Broadbent, Adrian Morris, Stephen Roberts 

1. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr Robert Childs)
2. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
3. Cory (Philip Harper)
4. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
5. Fodens (Allan Withington)
6. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
7. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
8. Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Michael Bach)
9. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
10. Flowers (Paul Holland)
11. Fairey (Garry Cutt)
12. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
13. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
14. Desford Colliery (Tom Davoren)
15. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
16. Woodfalls (Erik Janssen)
17. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Phillip McCann)
18. Kirkintilloch (Russell Gray)

The following video was filmed immediately after our performance...

The Band now look forward to October and the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall. 

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