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Issue 5965

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Foden’s unveils 2017 solo, duet and quartet event

Thursday 10 August, 2017

Foden's Band has announced details of its 7th Open Solo, Duet and Quartet Competition,

an event that gets bigger each year, with competitors from all over the UK and Europe

making return visits.


Speaking to BB about the event, Andy Rolfe of Foden's commented: “With sections to

accommodate all ages, we are confident that this year's competition will showcase a

fabulous array of talent. Last year's winner of the Blue Riband Open Solo class was Lode

Violet, principal cornet of Belgium's World Champion Band, Willebroek. Lode's prize

was to have a solo specially composed by the Maestro himself, Bramwell Tovey. Lode then

went on to perform his solo, accompanied by Foden's Band, at the Festival of Brass at the



Andy continued: “Once again we are very grateful to Besson for its continued

sponsorship, which helps us award impressive prizes and bursaries. Astute Music and Lions

Youth Brass also kindly sponsor various prizes.


Competitors will once again be able to rub shoulders with Foden's players as they look

after stewarding, announcing, ticket sales and even cooking the food!

“As Foden's have a concert that weekend, this year's competition is being held on the Sunday,

instead of the traditional Saturday. This means that the unfortunate clash with Wychavon

is avoided this year - we hope that players who have been unable to attend in previous

years will take advantage of this sleight of fate! We also look forward to welcoming

regular competitors from near and far, and promise another day of friendly and exciting



Announcing the adjudicators, Andy concluded: “We're delighted to announce this year's

judges - Professor John Wallace CBE, virtuoso trumpet player and music educationalist,

who is looking forward to sharing his wisdom and experience. Joining him, and making his

first visit to the competition, is Brian Kingsley, orchestral tuba player with Opera North, and

tutor of tuba at the RNCM and Chethams.


The trio will be complete by Dewi Griffiths, principal cornet of Tredegar Band.


The event will be held on Sunday 29 Ocober and the closing date for entries is Monday 4

September. Details of this year's competition can be obtained by emailing Fiona Rolfe on or downloading an entry form from the Foden's Band website