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Creating a legacy

Wednesday 19 May, 2021


During a challenging 14 months, Foden’s Band has been one of the shining lights, pressing ahead with a range of innovative and inclusive artistic projects. As the Sandbach organisation celebrates the latest in a string of funding awards, principal cornet player and band manager, Mark Wilkinson, chats to British Bandsman editor Mark Good about the achievement and the upcoming online Whit Friday March Contest.

Celebrated cornetist Mark also reflects on his own successful musical career to date, much of which has been spent donning the famous red jacket.


How has the past year been for you?

MW: It has been challenging. From a personal perspective, it has been nice to spend more time at home. I’m extremely busy with Foden’s and other things so the free time has been nice but I’ve missed the structure and busyness of going to band several times a week.


Congratulations are in order after it was recently announced that Foden’s is to receive £26,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You must be delighted with that news?

MW: We are over the moon. It was an application we started working on with vice-president Carole Crompton five months ago. We were previously the recipient of heritage funding in 2016 after the devastating fire in our bandhall. At that time, we were looking to preserve the remaining artefacts and we were keen to digitise that. However, we didn’t have the premises to display the artefacts in person. This latest batch of funding will enable us to have a museum that people can visit and see everything in person. There will also be an online tour so anyone in the world will be able to examine the history of Foden’s Band.


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