Foden's Solo, Duet & Quartet Contest 2017 

Foden's Band welcomed over 100 entries from all over the world to their recent Solo, Duet & Quartet event, with superb performances from competitors young and old.  

The high class competition was enjoyed immensley by the international panel of adjudicators, Prof. John Wallace CBE, Dewi Griffiths and Brian Kingsley. There was also a keen and supportive audience in attendance for the hugely enjoyable day of music making.  

The judges had the difficult task of picking out winners from the remarkable performances given in every section. Despite unavoidable clashes with the Dutch National Championship and the Rochdale contest meaning some regular players could not attend this year, there were still thirteen classes of solos, duets and quartets. 
The youngest competitor was 5 year old Archie Pannell, who competed in a wonderful '11 & Under' class that was won in splendid fashion by Aidan Grant. Archie not only claimed the 'Youngest Player of the Day' award but came third overall.  

Meanwhile, at the other end of the age scale there was an outstanding battle for the Blue Riband 'Open Air-Varie' accolade, with Paul Bennett successfully reclaiming the title with a performance of the 'Finale' from the Haydn 'Cello Concerto' Professor John Wallace summed up in one word, "Astonishing". 
The prize will see Paul undertake an exciting international musical opportunity in 2018 courtesy of sponsor Besson Musical Instruments.  


11 & Under Slow Melody: 
1. Aidan Grant 
2. Annie Stuart 
3. Archie Pannell 

12 & 13 Slow Melody: 
1. Isaac Bousfield 
2. Lewis Barton 
3. Frederik Engelson 

14 — 16 Slow Melody: 
1. Grace Hancock 
2. Alfie Bousfield 
3. Martijn Binon 

17 — 19 Slow Melody: 
1. Margot Binon 
2. Megan Bousfield 
3. Jack Lythaby 

Vintage Slow Melody: 
1. Paul Bennett 
2. Tim Galloway 
3. Iain Fleming 

Open Slow Melody: 
1. Tim Pannell 
2. Paul Bennett 
3. Lorenz Havermans 

Under 16 Air Varie: 
1. Lewis Barton 
2. Isaac Bousfield 
3. Oliver Marshall 

16 — 21 Air Varie: 
1. Jack Lythaby 
2. Megan Bousfield 
3. Catherine Flanders 

Vintage Air Varie: 
1. Iain Fleming 
2. Paul Bennett 
3. Patricia Woodings 

Open Air Varie: 
1. Paul Bennett 
2. Tim Pannell 
3. Lorenz Havermans 

12 — 16 Duet: 
1. Simon & Martijn Binon 
2. Oliver & Toby Marshall 
3. Hannah Taylor & Bethany Harby 

Open Duet: 
1. Martijn Binon & Ilse Degeest 
2. Jo Ainsworth & Jack Lythaby 
3. Stephen Lomas & Daniel Brook 

Open Quartet: 
1. In Slide Out 

Overall Most Outstanding Performance: Isaac Bousfield 
Most Promising Local Player: Catherine Flanders 
Most Promising Player 11 & Under: Aidan Grant 
Most Outstanding Cornet: Tim Pannell 
Most Outstanding Horn: Jack Lythaby 
Most Outstanding Euph/Bari: Lorenz Havermans 
Most Outstanding Trombone: Isaac Bousfield 
Most Outstanding Bass: James Hawkins 
Youngest Player: Archie Pannel 
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