Armagh Summer School


Since 2000 Foden's Band have travelled to Armagh each February for a weekend of concerts and workshops, this has been followed each summer by a week long summer school for brass & percussion players of all ages and abilities. All of these events were, and continue to be, the brainchild of Ivor Stevenson from the Armagh Old Boys Brass Band. Ivor continues to be a major driving force for the encouragment of brass playing in Northern Ireland. In honour of these achievments he is a Vice-President of Foden's Band and was awarded an MBE for his services to banding in Northern Ireland.

The annual summer course gives brass enthusiasts the opportunity to study, learn, perform and socialise with world class tutors from Foden's Band. Set in the historic city of Armagh, Northern Ireland, our base at the City of Armagh High School provides excellent facilities for learning, music making and enjoyment. 

Summer Course 2019

This years course takes place between Monday 5th - Saturday 10th August. The week begins on Monday morning this year with an additional days practice as discussed at the end of last years course. From Monday - Friday daily rehearsals, sectionals, workshops, solo performance opportunities and tutor treats take place culminating in the final performance on Saturday. During the week you will receive over 30 hours of guidance from the team of Foden's conductors, tutors & composers. Currently the course will cost £50 per person (paid at the first rehearsal)

Apply now 

To apply for your place, please download the form here and email when completed to [email protected]

For further information please see updates on the course Facebook page -

Tutor Team 2019

The tutor team provided by Foden's bring with them a wealth of experience as performers in one of the worlds leading brass ensembles, and as teachers experienced through their day jobs as classroom / peripatetic teachers and tutors on summer schools and with national ensembles. All tutors provided by Foden's Band are cleared to work with young people through the DBS (formerly CRB) checks and sign up to the Foden's Band safeguarding handbook as outlined on our safeguarding page

Course Musical Director: Michael Fowles

Richard Poole (Cornets)

Anna Hughes-Williams (Cornets)

Lesley Poole (Horns)

Gary Curtin (Euphoniums & Baritones)

Shaun Farrington (Trombones)

Mark Bousie (Euphoniums & Assistant Conductor)

Stewart Baglin (Tubas)

Anthony Mann (Percussion)

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