'Two Shoes' for Towcester

Earlier this month a tutor team from Foden’s travelled to Northampton at the invitation of the Towcester Studio Band. The event comprised a series of workshops, massed rehearsal, performance and an opportunity to hear the entire Foden’s Band in concert. Over 60 delegates from 16 bands enjoyed the afternoon of music making under the leadership and guidance of MD Michael Fowles.

The project, made possible by funding from Arts Council England, included the commissioning and performance of a new work by Foden’s trombonist John Barber for the massed forces called ‘Two Shoes’. The two-movement work celebrates the rich history of shoe manufacturing in Towcester and particularly the link between Towcester and Roger Bannister’s record breaking 4 minute mile in 1954.

A spokesperson from the Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) commented, “Thanks to Towcester Studio Band and Foden's Band for a fabulous afternoon of music making and evening concert. It was good to see members of the County Youth Brass Band and County Training Brass Band, and several former NMPAT students, and family members, on stage as part of this historic performance. The final part of the concert was given by Foden's, who dazzled with their virtuosity and artistry. Thank you to everyone who made the event possible and such a positive and inspiring experience.”


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