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Interview feature with Martin Ellerby and Foden's Band

4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composer Martin Ellerby as he works with Foden's Band and conductor James Gourlay ahead of their RNCM Festival performance.

Marin Ellerby
  Martin Ellerby was one of the featured composers at this year's RNCM Brass Band Festival.


4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composer Martin Ellerby at the RNCM Brass Band Festival in Manchester.

Ellerby was one of the featured composers at this year's event — in honour of his forthcoming 60th birthday.

Here he talks about his works, whilst Ian Clowes of Goldy Solutions followed him to a rehearsal with Foden's Band with James Gourlay as they worked on his major composition 'Genesis'.



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