*
banner

Foden's Band

Conductor: Russell Gray
Regent Hall
London
Friday 1st October


On the eve of their memorable victory at the Royal Albert Hall, Foden's Band gave a polished performance of a contrasting and entertaining programme at Regent Hall.

The highlight was a tantalising preview of, 'Heroes' in the presence of composer Bruce Broughton, who gave an insightful introduction to his melodic and exciting work based on the Apollo 11 Moon landing of 1969. 

24 hours later they were National Champion. 

Lighter side

The rest of the programme was mainly on the lighter side, featuring some new compositions and arrangements. Phillip Littlemore’s classy arrangement of Rossini’s, 'Semiramide' overture, was a thrilling counterpoint to the classic 1960s hit  'California Dreamin' and John Barber's beautifully simple NHS workers tribute, 'Song for the Frontline'. 

Foden’s have made this concert appearance something of their own tradition in recent years and that commitment should be applauded. Long may it continue.

The appreciative audience (unsurprisingly just a little smaller in numbers than previous years), were also treated to a number of 'golden oldies' in the form of the march  'Simoraine', Vaughan Williams'  'Prelude to the 49th Parallel' (showcasing a wonderful ensemble sound) and Keith Wilkinson's colourfully exotic arrangement of the  'Bacchanale' from Saint Saens' opera  'Samson and Delilah'

Excellent form 

The soloists were on excellent form: Mark Wilkinson on Sutton's classic  'The Paragon', Gary Curtin, sonorously reflective on  'From Your Smile' and the dexterous Mark Landon in  'Summer Storm', a clever reworking for xylophone by Rodney Newton of  'Summer’ from Vivaldi's  'Four Seasons'. 

The audience was sent happily out on to a still bustling Oxford Street with Martin Cordner's  'The Light Bringer'. 

Foden’s have made this concert appearance something of their own tradition in recent years and that commitment should be applauded. Long may it continue.

Paul Hunter

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    



Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra

Friday 5 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Sunday 7 November • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church St. London SE10 9BJ


Abertillery Town Band - 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Saturday 13 November • Metropole Cultural and Conference Centre, Mitre St, Abertillery NP13 1AL


Regent Hall Concerts - Magli Brass Quintet

Friday 19 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Contest: Youth Brass in Concert

Saturday 20 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR


Shipston Town Band

October 20 • We are rehearsing covid safe in our refurbished band hall. We are looking to recruit Bb Cornets position negotiable Second Trom Bass Trom Eb Bass and Bb Bass to bring the band up to full strength


Chadderton Band

October 20 • Chadderton Band is a friendly non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections of the band particularly on Euph Drums and Horn. Come along for a blow most welcome.


Arrow Valley Brass

October 20 • We are a Third Section band based in Inkberrow, Worcs. Main rehearsal Sunday am. We seek a Tuned Percussionist. We should like to find an experienced player but would also consider someone, probably with some keyboard skill who would like to grow with us


Mark Wilkinson


Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor


               

 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd