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Firth maintains national interest a century after death

The remarkable, yet tragic musical life of former Foden's principal cornet Edwin Firth continues to hold a fascination for the National press.

  Mark Wilkinson has performed on Firth's cornet (image Lorne Campbell)

As reported on 4BR, the story as well as the instrument played by the great Edwin Firth when he was principal cornet of Foden's Band has been creating media attention 100 years after his tragic death.

An article by journalist Lynne Greaves appeared in today's national 'Sunday Express' newspaper (Sunday 5th August), accompanied by one of the many superb images taken by photographer Lorne Campbell.

Firth was regarded as the finest cornet player of his generation, helping the band to win the National Championships in 1910 and the British Open on no less than five occasions between 1909 and 1915. He was killed in action in France in June 1918 aged 29.


In the article Mark said: "It's a remarkable cornet and since being restored it sounds as if it came out of its case yesterday.

"It's a pleasure to play, lighter in tone than a modern instrument due to its high pitch, but still producing a sound that would fit in with today's brass bands."

It's a remarkable cornet and since being restored it sounds as if it came out of its case yesterdayMark Wilkinson

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