Foden's brass band to perform at Buxton Opera House

PUBLISHED: 12:26 07 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013

Foden's brass band to perform at Buxton Opera House

Foden's brass band to perform at Buxton Opera House

A world-renowned brass band which began in Sandbach 100 years ago will blow their own trumpets this month as local streets are named in their honour. Words by Jenny Leigh Photograph by Ian Clowes

The internationally renowned Fodens brass band is to perform a concert in the grand setting of Buxton Opera House this month.

Fodens, which first burst into sound when Edwin Foden formed the Fodens Motor Works Band back in the 1900s in the village of Elworth, near Sandbach, will play in Buxtons grandest venue on Sunday September 16th at 7.30pm.

Fodens, who are in demand for concerts in Europe, America and Israel, have enjoyed a string of successes. Thirty-seven times the band has been a prizewinner at the National Brass Band Championships. They have won the British Open nine times including a hat-trick in 1926, 1927 and 1928.

So proud are Sandbach residents of Fodens, that several street names in the town are to be named after them. Some of the greatest names in Fodens history are to be commemorated within Elworth.

Nine new streets will bear the names of former players, conductors, administrators, supporters and even music associated with the band.

A new housing development is being built on the former Fodens Motor Works site by Barratt Homes. With the co-operation of the band and local council, nine names were approved by the Post Office and property gazetteers to be used as addresses for residents moving in later this year.

Fodens Andy Rolfe, said: We were asked by the council to propose names for the streets to honour the old motor works. We wanted to ensure we honoured not only the great players and servants such as Harry Mortimer, Teddy Gray, Arthur Webb Snr and Hubert Shergold, but also other leading conductors and people who have made Fodens what it is today.

The legendary William Rimmer and our signature march The Cossack are therefore included, as are two recent names in our history: Peter Fletcher, a previous president who passed away in 2011 and also the regular support we receive from our loyal patrons. We are very grateful to Barrett Homes in agreeing to leave a lasting legacy of the band on the famous site.

Mark Wilkinson said an exciting evening of music is planned for September 16th: The programme will include music ranging from original compositions from our creative composition team of Andy Scott and Peter Meechan, popular brass band march The President, a transcript of the famous orchestral overture LItalianain in Algeri by Rossini as well as music from film and screen. The bands array of world class soloists will also be featured.

For concert details contact Buxton Opera House box office on 0845 127 2190 or visit

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