Russell Gray to lead Foden's in 2019

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 29 November 2018

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russell grayFollowing their recent Nationals victory Foden's have announced that they have engaged the services of Russell Gray to lead the band at the North West Area, British Open and National Finals in 2019. Russell is a former Principal Cornet of Foden's and was their Musical Director in 2002 / 2003

Speaking about the appointment Mark Wilkinson commented 'Russell has a fantastic track record with Foden's consisting of four victories and two runner up positions out of six contests entered. The band enjoyed a successful working relationship leading up to the Nationals and believe Russell will make a valuable addition to our high profile conducting team. Michael Fowles (who now enters his twelfth year as our Musical Director) will continue with our day to day direction and we are extremely pleased that Bramwell Tovey has agreed to continue in his role as President as well as becoming our Honorary Artistic Advisor. The band are presently in discussions with Bramwell over a number of exciting and high profile projects.'

Speaking about the announcement Russell commented.

‘I’m delighted to be involved with this wonderful band again. We had a very enjoyable run into the London finals this year.
I am looking forward to working with them over the next contesting season.’

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