The Road To Palanga 2020

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Foden's Band are in the process of raising the £20,000 that it will cost to get the band 1207 miles to Palanga, Lithuania where they will represent England at the 2020 European Brass Band Championships. 

In October 2018, Foden's Band were crowned National Champions of Great Britian at the Royal Albert Hall. In achieving this, we were selected to represent England at the 2020 European Championships. In order to transport the band and all of it's instruments, it is estimated that a cost of £20,000 will be required. Band members are busy fundraising in many ways; one of those is through an attempt to cover the distance, on foot, between now and May 2020...

IMG 11The challenge began in earnest on 2nd February 2019, whilst performing in Armagh, Northern Ireland, Mark Bousie, Ian Raisbeck & Robin Basu took part in the weekly Armagh Parkrun - each completing the 5km (3.1 miles). This will be continued in many forms; some band members running marathons, some shorter distances and we might even encourage some of the less active band members to take part in a short jog!  

Each month you can check back to see how we are doing with our challenge to cover the ground. We hope that you will enjoy reading about our progress and might feel that our efforts inspire you to donate towards our goal.

If this does appeal to you, donations can be made at

We are extremely grateful for all of your support.


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