The Foden's Band has announced that one of its most respected members has decided to end her full time playing commitment with the North West Area champion.
Speaking about her decision, Anna Hughes-Williams said: "Following a lot of thought during lock down, I have made the difficult decision to finish full time banding. After a long-playing career including spells with Wingates, Desford, Besses o'th Barn and YBS, I am now looking forward to a new chapter in my life.
I wish Foden's all the best for the future and thank them for their friendships and great memories."
During her time with Foden's, which encompassed three tenures back to 1989, Anna was an integral part of their contesting success and widespread artistic projects. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Mortimer Medal in recognition of her services to the teaching of young musicians.
A player highly regarded by her peers for her generosity of spirit, friendship and outstanding playing talent, her CV includes all the major championship honours.
A player highly regarded by her peers for her generosity of spirit, friendship and outstanding playing talent, her CV includes all the major championship honours4BR
Speaking on behalf of Foden's Band, Mark Wilkinson commented: "We are extremely sad that Anna has made the difficult decision to leave Foden's.
She has been a fantastic asset of the organisation since originally joining in 1989, in terms of playing, commitment and her social contribution.
As well as being a valued playing member, she has also been the conductor of our Junior Band since 2015. We are extremely pleased that she will continue in this role and wish her the very best in her future endeavours."