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Fodens go Xmas Shopping

Fodens have been busy letter writing to Santa and have had their wishes granted with a few new arrivals down the Sandbach chimney!


The Press Release from the band reads as follows:

Foden Richardson band is pleased to announce a number of new signings.

Following the departure of Martin Armstrong who moved back to the northeast in October due to work commitments, Fodens have welcomed Leah Williams to the solo horn seat. Leah has been solo horn with Sellars International since the start of 1999 where she has established herself as one of the country’s leading horn players.

Paul McDonald has joined the solo cornet bench from Ransomes where he was playing principal cornet, he brings a wealth of experience to the band having previously been a member of Faireys, Grimethorpe and Desford. Following the departure of Nicky Lees Fodens final signing has been Sion Thomas a pupil of Russell Grays at the RNCM who is joining the band on back row.

Speaking about the new signings Mark Wilkinson stated ' 2002 has been an excellent year for the band with a number of contest victories and the signing of a major sponsorship deal. Our latest signings will further
strengthen the band and maintain our position as one of the leading bands in the country'

Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

David W. Ashworth

Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator