Friday, 10 June 2011

Coleshill Town Band enjoy a workshop with Fodens

Coleshill Town Band – Foden’s Workshop

Players of Coleshill Town Band recently participated in a workshop with some of the star players of Foden’s band.

The band held a day of sectional workshops at Repton School in Derbyshire with Mark Wilkinson (cornet), Lesley Howie (horn), Natsumi McDonald (Euph/Baritone), Shaun Farrington (trombone), Stewart Baglin (bass) & Mark Landon (percussion).

The workshops formed part of the development plan of the band as well as giving them chance to rehearse music for the forthcoming Whit Friday March contest and Wychavon Festival of Brass later in the year.

Following on from the sectional workshops the band then came together and was joined by the tutors under the baton of Mark Wilkinson to put all their learning into place.

The day was an inspiration to all with many players commenting on the way that the tutors put all their players at ease, regardless of their ability or age (players ages range from 12 to 80!)

Many members of Coleshill Town Band left the workshops in very buoyant mood, determined to put all the hints and tips given to them by the top-class players into practice.

Information on Foden’s Brass Band – UK Championship Section

The band maintains a world class reputation for providing quality entertainment in the field of brass music with a traditional and unique style. The repertoire includes the full spectrum from light popular music both old and new through operatic, film and light orchestral works to the serious original brass band music performed by outstanding soloists and supported by an enviable collection of fine musicians.

The aim of the band is to consistently provide music of the highest quality at a cost which reflects outstanding value for money. The benefits for concert promoters are the guarantee that the reputation and stature maintained will always command audiences which fill concert venues.

The top British brass bands are renowned throughout the world for the standard and quality of their concert performances and the Foden's Band are no exception. Recent highlights have included radio and television work as well as a Scandinavian tour. As well as performing in its own right the band is able to work with other musical groups including popular `promenade type' concerts featuring the band and orchestras such as the Halle and Camerata. These now form just a part of the annual concert schedule which the band undertakes.

New music is always promoted and commissioned as well as the provision of educational programmes for schools, colleges and other musical organisations.

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