Foden's Richardson Band

Foden's Richardson Band
brass band
Founded in the early 1900s, Foden’s Richardson Band maintains a world class reputation in the field of brass music with a traditional and unique style. Its repertoire stretches from light popular music (both old and new) through operatic, film and light orchestral works, to serious original brass band music performed by outstanding soloists and supported by an enviable collection of fine musicians.
As well as performing in its own right the band regularly works with other musical groups, including Promenade-type concerts featuring ensembles such as the Hallé Orchestra and Camerata. Recent highlights have included radio and television work as well as a Scandinavian tour. New music is promoted and commissioned, as are educational programmes for schools, colleges and other musical organisations.
The origins of the band reach back to 1900 when the Cheshire village of Elworth formed its own band having been let down in its attempt to secure the services of the nearby town band to feature in the celebrations marking the relief of Mafeking in the Boer War. From among the village musicians, local industrialist Edwin Foden formed the Fodens Motor Works Band; by 1909 it had achieved Championship Section status, a prestigious position that has been maintained ever since.
The band has been a prize-winner 32 times at the coveted British Open Championships, winning nine times outright, and 37 times at the National Championships of Great Britain, winning outright 12 times; it was also BBC Band of the Year in 1990 and 1992, as well as having won the All England Masters Champions in 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1995 and the Swiss Open Championships in 1993. In addition to this, it toured Europe for ENSA during WWII, and has been ordered to play by Royal Command on three occasions.
In 1997 the band accepted new sponsorship from the French instrument manufacturer Antoine Courtois that also allowed the band to resume its original name of Foden’s. With this fresh impetus the band again experienced major Championship success, winning the coveted title Champion Band of Great Britain in 1999.
In recent years it has repeatedly won the North West Area Championship, been a prize-winner and runner-up at the British Open Championships, and in 2002 won the All England Masters Champions; in 2007 the band’s successes included the North West Area Championship for a record-breaking fourteenth time, being crowned the International Master Champions, and victory at the Tameside Whit Friday March Contest for a sixth consecutive year.

Monk, Anna-Clare

At eighteen Anna-Clare continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and National Opera Studio in London, this time with funding from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Peter Moores Foundation. From these beginnings she went on to perform with leading Opera Houses and at venues across the world. These have included English National Opera, Royal Albert Hall, London, Teatro Communale, Bologna, Teatro Victoria, Barcelona, Welsh National Opera, Herodes Atticus, Athens, Scottish Opera, Engilsh Touring Opera, Teatro Acrimbaldi, Milan, Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, City Hall, Hong Kong, Malmo Koncerthus, Sweden, Falconer Salen, Copenhagen, Cincinnati Opera House and Aix-en-Provence Festival, France.

Scott, Lauren

Lauren Scott is an experienced solo, chamber and orchestral musician based in the North West UK who, over the last 20 years, has worked as guest principal harp with many of the UK's leading orchestras & chamber groups including the RLPO, RSNO, Halle, BBCSSO, CBSO, BBCSO, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Psappha and Ensemble Cymru.​

Fowles, Michael

Widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of his generation Michael’s earliest musical education came from the peripatetic services of North Staffordshire. This led to honours degree studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, during which time he was a member of the trombone section of Britannia Building Society (Fodens) Band and a post graduate course studying conducting with Howard Snell. Upon completion of his studies Michael was invited to work at the RNCM as a conductor and administrator, working with the Brass Band, Brass Ensembles and within the Opera Department excerpt programme, which he undertook for 5 years.
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Foden’s Band
Foden's Youth Band
Anna-Clare Monk, soprano and narrator
Lauren Scott, harp
Michael Fowles, conductor


A Child Like You depicts the real life story of a 17-year old Ugandian Asian who fled Uganda in 1972, under the brutal regime of Idi Amin, and who subsequently lived with the family of composer Andy Scott, via UK refugee camps.

Andy has composed music and lyrics that are powerful and thought-provoking, producing a 15-minute mini-opera that features soprano/narrator Anna-Clare Monk, harpist Lauren Scott, the world famous Foden’s Brass Band (with whom Andy is Composer in Residence) and four young musicians from Foden’s Youth Band who both play and narrate.


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Foden's Band

A Child Like You was commissioned by Foden's Brass Band.


A Child Like You is a composition that is hard to categorize - at times showing elements of Kurt Weill’s theatre works, sometimes reminiscent of Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher. It is however an immensely powerful, emotive and very relevant work that reflects attitudes and circumstances of this or any other era.'


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The performance of A Child Like You was recorded live by the BBC at the Southbank Centre, London on 6 July 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 July 2014.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201410
Release Date:
4 August 2014