National Finals at the Albert Hall (no, not us!)



On Saturday the famous Foden's Band with our MD Nick Birch on trombone, were performing in the National Championships of Great Britain in the Albert Hall, playing 'Gallery' a challenging piece by Howard Snell, conducted by the great Bramwell Tovey

I followed their progress all day on the brass band website 4barsrest.  After all 20 bands had performed, Foden's and last year's winner Cory were both hailed as potential winners by all the pundits, after their stunning performances.

Brass Band World tweeted 'Foden's deliver a really fantastic performance, with Bram Tovey drawing out every last nuance in the music.So enjoyable.'
At the end of a long day, the judges results were in and Foden's were placed 5th, unexpected, but as Nick said 'that's competitions for you!'.

Results:
Test Piece: Gallery (Howard Snell)
Adjudicators: Phillip McCann, Howard Snell, Luc Vertommen
1. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)**
2. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)*
3. Cory (Philip Harper)*
4. Fairey (Garry Cutt)*
5. Foden's (Bramwell Tovey)
6. Whitburn (Michael Fowles)
7. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
8. Redbridge (Jeremy Wise)
9. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
10. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
11. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)
12. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
13. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
14. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
15. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
16. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
17. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
18. Tongwynlais Temperance (Ian Holmes)
19. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
20. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)

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