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.

Tovey, Bramwell


Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium.  Tovey's career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.  His tenures as Music Director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British and contemporary repertoire.

An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in the UK and Europe including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Bournemouth, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and the North Netherlands Symphony.  In North America, along with his work with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Tovey has made guest appearances with the orchestras of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal

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Philippe Hurlin
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New music for brass band including: Altitude - one of George Benjamin's earliest works; Richard Rodney Bennett's lament Flowers of the Forest; Judith Bingham's dark tone-poem Prague; Kenneth Hesketh dramatic Alchymist's Journal; variations on a theme from Tippett's A Midsummer Marriage. Curated by Paul Hindmarsh (who commissioned some of the works), it is performed by the Foden's Richardson Band conducted by Bramwell Tovey.


British Bandsman CD of the Year 2008 · 4 Bars Rest CD of the Year · Brass Band World Brass Band World 'CD of the Month' & Award Nomination 2008

“It is difficult to put into words just how good this disc is … surely one of the finest brass band discs ever produced. Not only must it be one of the front runners for the CD of the Year, this reviewer can only imagine that a CD of the Decade award might be handed to it in two years time too!” British Bandsman

"This is unquestionably the most important brass band CD release of 2008." 4 Bars Rest

“The combination of Tovey and Foden’s is simply irresistible … [this CD] not only demands a place in the collections of all devotees of the brass band genre but would be also of great interest to musicians in the wider musical world.” Brass Band World


"A fascinating set of variations, brilliantly dispatched." The Sunday Times


Faber Music: Altitude, The Alchymist’s Journal and Variations on a Theme of Tippett
Novello & Co. Flowers of the Forest
Maecenas / Peters Edition: Prague and Shadow Song


The works on this disc were recorded on 3-5 May 2008 at King’s School, Macclesfield.

Engineer and editor: TONY WASS
Digital mastering: NINTH WAVE AUDIO
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Cornet photo: ELEANOR WILSON

(P) 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D142
Release Date:
13 October 2008