*
banner

Foden's Band

Conductors: Russell Gray, Boris Oppliger
Regent Hall Brass Arts Festival
Regent Hall, London
Friday October 14th


Foden’s is making London a very successful National Final home from home. 

Their Royal Albert and Regent Hall trips have become eagerly anticipated weekend attractions – the latter now promoted by the band itself. The international audience that travelled to the Salvation Army’s welcoming hub on Oxford Steet certainly proved that.

Foden’s rewarded them with a fine concert – one that included a preview of Peter Graham’s test-piece, ‘Hyperlink’,  introduced by the composer. 

Poised performance

Russell Gray’s responsive direction elicited a poised performance – just a notch below the contest winning fission-point subsequently produced less than 24 hours later, but one which still left the audience bubbling in multi-lingual acclaim. 

Elsewhere it was relaxed high class music making; ‘The Cossack’  the prelude to a first half that included classy solo spots from Mark Wilkinson and Jonathan Bates, as well as the latter’s upbeat ‘Red Hills of Georgia’  and a colourful rendition of Bernstein’s ‘Candide Overture’,  led by Swiss conductor Boris Oppliger.

Russell Gray’s responsive direction elicited a poised performance – just a notch below the contest winning fission-point subsequently produced less than 24 hours later, but one which still left the audience bubbling in multi-lingual acclaim. 

It was a generous mark of respect and commitment to the 30 year old winner of the Brass Band Conductors Association Conducting Competition - one he grasped with talented hands (he also led on ‘Night on a Bald Mountain’  to open the second half).

Soloists Melanie Whyte, Gary Curtin and the percussion duo of Mark Landon and Sam Iles also kept lips and hands in trim for the challenges ahead (as did the outstanding Richard Poole on soprano) as the band purred along in comfortable tonal composure.

Elegy

The inclusion of the ‘Elegy’  from John Ireland’s ‘Downland Suite’  was both a fine acknowledgement to the memory of Philip Biggs (who for many years promoted the festival, and whose family were in attendance) as well as a nod to the band’s desire to emulate their legendary predecessors who won in London in 1932 to start their run of ‘double’ hat-trick wins. 

Given what happened the following day at the Royal Albert Hall, Eric Ball's 'Kingdom Triumphant' seemed a confidently apt choice to close, whilst 2023 can’t come soon enough for a band and its growing legion of international fans that will surely make their way once more to Regent Hall. 

Iwan Fox 

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Pontardulais Town Band - Annual Concert - The storytellers present.....

Saturday 22 June • Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, Caecerrig Road, Pontarddulais. SA4 8PD


Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Strata Brass

Sunday 23 June • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW


Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR


West Midlands Police Band - Sovereign Brass and Brett Baker (Trombone)

Sunday 23 June • Tipton Green Methodist Church. Park Lane West. Tipton. Sandwell. DY1 4QF


Brass Bands England - Youth Fest 2024

Friday 28 June • Barnsley Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ


Rainford Band

June 22 • North West Championship Section Rainford Band are inviting applications for a Solo Baritone player. . We rehearse on Monday and Thursday evenings 19.45 - 21.45 in our band room with good links to M6 and M62 motorways.


Harlow Brass Band

June 20 • Come and join our friendly and welcoming band. We have vacancies for TROMBONES, BACK ROW CORNETS AND PERCUSSION. We hold our own Spring and Christmas Concerts and play at various local events throughout the year.


Haverhill Silver Band

June 20 • HSB has a vacancy for a first-class trombone player from mid-September due to relocation for university. With a busy concert programme and upcoming contests including Wychavon and the Senior Cup, this is a great opportunity for the right player!


David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger


               

 © 2024 4barsrest.com Ltd