facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us


Foden's warm up for Blackpool with Patrons' treats

National Champion looks ahead to Blackpool and beyond with a big thank you to their Patrons and to their former Composer in Residence Andy Scott.

  Composer Andy Scott was presented with a limited edition print to thank him for his 11 year association with the band

National Champion Foden's warmed up for the defence of its North West Regional title in Blackpool on the weekend with their annual Patrons' Concert held in their home town of Sandbach.

The band is looking to claim the Area title for a fourth consecutive year under the baton of Russell Gray, and gave a sneak preview of the test-piece 'Seascapes' to a packed audience of over 500 supporters.

Solos and presentations

Now in its 32nd year, the Patrons also enjoyed solos from Richard Poole, Gary Curtin, Mel Whyle and Mark Landon, as well as popular favourites under MD Michael Fowles, whilst Russell Gray led the Area test-piece on a warmly received return to the event.

During the evening the band made its annual awards, with the 'Bandsperson of the Year' going to cornet player Darren Lea and John Barber being presented with the 'Player of the Year' accolade.

The concert also gave Foden's the opportunity to thank Andy Scott who ended his 11 year tenure as Composer in Residence. Michael Fowles presented Andy with a limited edition print of a painting featuring the band (above).

The concert also gave Foden's the opportunity to thank Andy Scott who ended his 11 year tenure as Composer in Residence. Michael Fowles presented Andy with a limited edition print of a painting featuring the band4BR.


Ahead of their 2019 challenges, the Patrons were also informed of the exciting plans that are currently underway to raise funds to represent England at the 2020 European Championships in Palanga.

Further information of the Foden's Patron Society can be obtained via: http:/­/­www.fodensband.co.uk/­support-us/­patrons/ as well as details on a recently launched 'Overseas Patronage' scheme.

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    

National Finals

2019 National Finalists confirmed

March 18 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2019 Regional contests on the weekend.


Results: 2019 North of England Regional Championships

March 16 • East Yorkshire Motor Services, J36 Brass, North Skelton, Bearpark & Esh and Tewit Silver claim the honours in Durham


Results: 2019 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships

March 16 • Friary, Amersham, Epsom & Ewell, Chichester City and Simon Langton Brass take the spoils at Stevenage.

Taff Vale

Report & Results: 2019 Welsh Regional Championships

March 16 • Tredegar lead the way in Wales as they claim the Championship title, with section awards going to Goodwick, Newport Borough, Taff Vale and Gwaun Cae Gurwen

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 21 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 22 March • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 22 March • Seal Rd, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 2JT SK7 2JT

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall

Saturday 23 March • The Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Newtown, Powys

Saturday 23 March • The Hafren Theatre, Newtown, Powys SY16 4HU

Littleport Brass Band

March 19 • Littleport Brass are a second section band near Ely in Cambridgeshire rehearsing every Wednesday evening. We are looking for a soprano comet, Bb cornet and tuned percussionist. We are a friendly, active band working with our dynamic MD Ian Knapton.

Hathern Band

March 19 • Bass or Solo Trombone player required. We are 1st Section from January 2020 and are 10 mins from Junction 24 of the M1

Besses o' th' Barn Band

March 19 • Besses o th Barn Band have a vacancy for a cornet player, with the principal position available for a suitable candidate.. . We are also looking for a BBb Bass to complete our bass section. .

Alwyn Green

Conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, teacher and soloist