New faces at Foden's

Foden's have announced the appointment of Jonathan Bates (pictured here) on Solo Horn from Grimethorpe. Speaking about the appointment Mark Wilkinson told BBW: "Foden's are extremely pleased to announce that Jonathan has joined the band to fill a vacancy since last August. We are extremely grateful to Paul Bennett, Heather Linnell and Helen Varley who have all done a fantastic job covering this vacant position."

Commenting on his appointment Jonathan told BBW: "Fodens has always been a forward thinking band with it's external projects and collaborations, outreach work in the local community with young musicians in the Cheshire area, and various recording projects, so the opportunity to move to the band is an exciting one both as a player and composer. Working with Michael Fowles and Maestro Tovey again will be something for me to cherish after 6 unforgettable years at the Natonal Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, which I have so much to thank for. I am also looking forward to some fresh challenges on this side of the Pennines!"

Michael Fowles commented: "I am delighted that such a talented multi faceted musician has chosen to join the band. I am sure that he will add another dimension to our already strong team of soloists and writers."

Foden's are also pleased to announce the signing of Darren Lea on Solo Cornet. Speaking about the signing Mark Wilkinson told BBW: "All at Foden's are extremely pleased that Darren has joined the band. I have been a great admirer of Darren's playing for a number of years and he will bring a wealth of experience to the band."

Darren joins from Jaguar Land Rover Band where he has been the Bands Principal Cornet for a total of 8 years as well as spending 7 years on Soprano. Prior to this Darren has had spells with Desford and GUS.
Speaking about his appointment Darren (who also works for Brass Band England) commented: "I am extremely pleased to be joining such a fantastic group of musicians at the world famous Foden's Band and especially to be part of a cornet section led by Mark Wilkinson. I will continue to be associated with JLR Band and thank my friends and family for the support they have given me with my move.''



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