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A hit for six as Foden's get ready for conducting challenge

The final of the NABBC Conducting Competition this weekend will see Foden's under the baton of six new MDs plus last year's winner in one night.

  Six conductors will be feature din the final round accompanied by Foden's Band.

The final of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors Conducting Competition takes place this weekend (Saturday 10th June) at 11.00am at Fallibroome Academy in Macclesfield.

Free event

The free event is open to the public, who will be able to enjoy a first round featuring 12 conductors from as far afield as Switzerland, France, USA and the UK, each given a 14 minute time limit to impress the judges Mark Herron from the conducting faculty of the RNCM in Manchester and Mike Fowles, MD of Foden's Band.

They will be rehearsing the Robert Bakery Band through sections of 'Pageantry' by Herbert Howells, 'Salute to Youth' by Gilbert Vinter and 'The Alchemists Journal' by Kenneth Hesketh.

Six contenders will then be chosen for a second round, which will see them rehearse one of six selected works that they will present and conduct in the evening concert with Foden's Band4BR

Six finalists

Six contenders will then be chosen for a second round, which will see them rehearse one of six selected works that they will present and conduct in the evening concert with Foden's Band.

This starts at 7.30pm with the finalists featured in the first half and the second half entertainment provided by Foden's conducted by last year's winner Brenden Breslin.

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Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator