Sing Swing with Foden's Band and Matthew Ford

Do you want to sing with the world famous Foden's Band and award winning vocalist Matthew Ford?

Foden's Band are the current national champion band of Great Britain and have teamed up with award winning vocalist Matthew Ford to offer young vocalists the chance to develop their vocal and stage craft, before being invited to perform with the world's number one brass band, Foden's.

The project, supported by Arts Council England, will provide the opportunity for young singers aged 11-19 attending secondary schools / college within Cheshire East to apply for a chance to receive a 15 / 20 minute session with Matt looking at the stylistic approach to Big Band / Swing singing on a selected song. The masterclass will take place on Tuesday 14th / Thursday 16th March 2023 at Bradwall Village Hall from 4pm and 7pm then after a short break will have the opportunity to rehearse their song with Foden’s band from 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

A week later on Tuesday 21st March 2023 those on the vocal programme will be invited to perform their song on stage at Congleton Town Hall in a concert with Foden's Band, in an event that will also feature Matt Ford.

Matt Ford
Award-winning vocalist Matt Ford is widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK, building an enviable wealth of experience, performing with the Halle, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC and RTE Concert Orchestras, as well as the BBC Big Band and Syd Lawrence Orchestra.  

Foden's Band
Foden's Brass Band is based in Cheshire, UK and is currently ranked as one of the finest brass bands in the world. The band has won many awards over it's 100 year plus history including the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 15 times and the British Open Championships 12 times. The band are world renowned for playing of the highest quality and perform regularly for audiences across the UK and worldwide.


To enter for the chance to take part in this incredible opportunity you will need to record yourself singing your first choice song from the list below, and submit to the Love Music Trust (following the information below) by 31st January 2023. To record yourself you can use your mobile phone and below are some basics to help make it as good as possible.

Basics to recording a great video.

  • Set your phone up on a tripod or stable surface
  • Set your phone to horizontal - ideally use the phones back camera as this is normally better quality. 
  • Set up in a well lit area, be careful not to have a window directly behind you though. 
  • Make sure not to cut off your head on the video. 
  • When you start the video wait a few seconds before you start singing - the same when you come to stop the video.
  • Listen to the backing track through headphones

Please note, the recordings you submit will be of your voice only (backing track won't be heard due to being heard only in your headphones)

Please listen to the relevant tracks below (male or female songs) and choose your favourite track that you would like to perform. Please record this song and submit it to us. On the sign up form you will be asked to list your recorded track as your first choice, then please list the remaining 5 songs in order of performance preference (in the case of multiple people selecting the same track, so that we can best inform an alternative choice for you).

When selecting please note 1 as your favourite and 6 as your least preferred.

Dates for your diary.

31st January (2023) 
Deadline for applications and recordings to reach the LMT.
After this date, recordings will be shortlisted by Matthew Ford and John Barber. 

20th February
Singers selected for the programme notified and songs allocated.

W/C 13th March (this will either be Tuesday 14th or Thursday 16th)
Masterclass with Matthew Ford and rehearsal with Foden's band at Bradwall Village Hall, Sandbach
4pm - 7pm - Masterclass with Matthew Ford and piano
7.30pm - 9.30pm - Rehearsal with Foden's Band 

Tuesday 21st March
7:30pm Congleton Town Hall
Concert performance with Foden's band

To submit your recording, please send via https://wetransfer.com to admin@lovemusictrust.com, you do not need to have an account to use this, you can send files for free.

How to use wetransfer:

- Go to wetransfer.com - You don't need to sign up for an account, so just use the free version.
- There is a button that says 'Upload files'. Click on this and add your video
- Where it says 'email to', type admin@lovemusictrust.com
- Where is says 'your email', enter your email
- 'Title' - Your name, Matt Ford Vocal Masterclass
- 'Message' - your song choice

To sign up, please click here