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Over 100 entries from all over the world to Foden's competition

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

Sunday 29 October saw Foden’s Band welcome over 100 entries from all over
the world to its 7th solo, duet and quartet competition. Once again, the adjudicators
had the difficult task of placing the competitors and providing them with
constructive written feedback. Professor John Wallace CBE, Dewi Griffiths and Brian Kingsley were this year’s
adjudicators, and were chosen for their experience, knowledge and reputation as
fine musicians and educators. Many of the entrants were familiar faces,
some of whom have returned each year, though there were equally as many
players entering for the first time. Many friendships have been forged between
competitors over the years and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere has
helped cement the competition as one of the best of its kind.

Although unavoidable clashes with The Dutch National and Rochdale Band
competitions meant that some players could not attend this year, the number
and standard of entries was impressive. 13 classes of solos, duets and quartets meant
that there were always three sections running simultaneously, with some
players taking part in no less than four solo and ensemble classes.

The youngest competitor this year was only five years old: Archie Pannell
impressed the adjudicator and audience with his confident performance of his
slow melody, earning him not only the youngest player award, but also third
place against much older children. The video of Archie’s ‘repeat performance’ in
front of an enchanted audience quickly went ‘viral’ on the internet!

The Open Solo section is the class that many enter, with the potential to win a
unique and much sought-after, Besson sponsored prize. Previous winners have
performed with River City Brass in the USA, had solos specially written by
eminent composers and performed at the Festival of Brass at the RNCM. This 
year saw a previous winner regain his title against a very talented field of soloists:
Paul Bennett competed in four sections, but still had the stamina and skill to perform the

fiendishly difficult finale to Haydn’s Cello Concerto. Paul impressed Professor Wallace with his virtuosity,

tone and style to make him the first competitor to win this coveted prize for a second time.
Paul now has the opportunity to travel abroad again, courtesy of Besson Musical Instruments.

The results were:
11 and Under Slow Melody
1. Aidan Grant
2. Annie Stuart
3. Archie Pannell

12 and 13 Slow Melody
1. Isaac Bousfield
2. Lewis Barton
3. Frederik Engelson

14-16 Slow Melody
1. Grace Hancock
2. Alfie Bousfield
3. Martijn Binon

17-19 Slow Melody
1. Margot Binon
2. Megan Bousfield
3. Jack Lythaby

Vintage Slow Melody
1. Paul Bennett
2. Tim Galloway
3. Iain Fleming

Open Slow Melody
1. Tim Pannell
2. Paul Bennett
3. Lorenz Havermans

Under 16 Air Varie
1. Lewis Barton
2. Isaac Bousfield
3. Oliver Marshall

16-21 Air Varie
1. Jack Lythaby
2. Megan Bousfield
3. Catherine Flanders

Vintage Air Varie
1. Iain Fleming
2. Paul Bennett
3. Patricia Woodings

Open Air Varie
1. Paul Bennett
2. Tim Pannell
3. Lorenz Havermans

12-16 Duet
1. Simon and Martijn Binon
2. Oliver and Toby Marshall
3. Hannah Taylor and Bethany Harby

Open Duet
1. Martijn Binon and Ilse Degeest
2. Jo Ainsworth and Jack Lythaby
3. Stephen Lomas and Daniel Brook

Open Quartet
1. In Slide Out

Overall Most Outstanding Performance: Isaac Bousfield

Most Promising Local Player: Catherine Flanders

Most Promising Player 11 and Under: Aidan Grant

Most Outstanding Cornet: Tim Pannell

Most Outstanding Horn: Jack Lythaby

Most Outstanding Euphonium or Baritone: Lorenz Havermans

Most Outstanding Trombone: Isaac Bousfield

Most Outstanding Bass: James Hawkins

Youngest Player: Archie Pannell