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New date announced for Foden's Solo, Duet and Quartet contest

Thursday 11 May, 2017

Foden’s Band’s 7th Open Solo, Duet and Quartet Competition will be held on Sunday, 29 October, with competitors from all over the UK and Europe making return visits.

This year’s event, supported by Besson Musical Instruments, sees the competition changing from its usual Saturday spot to Sunday 29 October which prevents a clash with the annual Wychavon contest.

Speaking about the event, Foden’s Fiona Rolfe told British Bandsman: “Thanks to the support of Besson and our other sponsors, the event continues to grow in stature. The Blue Riband Open class continues to attract players of the highest calibre, making it a demanding but rewarding task for the adjudicators, whilst we also strive to support classes of all ages and abilities. Of course, the encouragement of the very youngest players is hugely important to Foden’s Band, and we ensure that competitors will enjoy as positive an experience as possible as they showcase their talents.”

Last year’s Open Solo champion was Lode Violet, principal cornet of Brassband Willebroek. Part of Lode’s prize was to have a specially commissioned solo, with band accompaniment, written for him by Maestro Bramwell Tovey. Fiona Rolfe continued: “Lode was then invited over to the UK, and had the accolade of playing this solo, accompanied by our very own Foden’s Band, at the prestigious Festival of Brass at the RNCM. We promise not to disappoint with this year’s Blue Riband prize, which will be announced nearer the day.”

Foden's has also announced that one of the bands Vice-Presidents, Professor John Wallace CBE, is to be one of the adjudicators at the event, while the other judges will be announced in due course.

Details of this year’s competition can be obtained by emailing Fiona Rolfe: or downloading an entry form from