About Alder Valley

Alder Valley Brass is one of the South East's finest brass bands, and provides music to enhance any occasion.

For more than 60 years Alder Valley Brass has performed at venues ranging from London's Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, Epsom race course and Hampton Court Palace, to many of the UK's famous parks & bandstands. More recently, Alder Valley Brass were approached to provide a brass ensemble for the film ‘The Dig’ starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, which topped the viewing charts when it was released on Netflix.

Much of the band's concert work is in support of local charities and there have been proud moments working with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, charities selected by the Mayor of Rushmoor at concerts, as well as The SSAFA and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Please find a link to a copy of the latest Alder Valley Brass Newsletter here.

  • Players required

    We need a Bass Trombone, BBb bass player, Front Row Cornets and Horn players. If you are interested please get in touch in the first instance with Lee Woodward our Musical Director.

  • Support Alder Valley Brass

    Alder Valley Brass is a registered charity (Number 1155512) and relies on public donations of which we also raise fund for local and national charities. Alder Valley Brass rely on public donations though concerts and public appearances and please feel free to use our Easy Fundraising Site or donate via our Paypal site.

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  • Concert on Woking Bandstand

    Concert on Woking Bandstand

    Concert on Woking Bandstand; The band started it’s summer season with a concert on Woking Bandstand.

  • Concert with the Tintwistle Band

    Tintwistle Band Concert

    Joint Concert with the Tintwistle Band; The band were invited by a Peter Haigh, a Vice Present and former member of Alder Valley Brass, to join Tintwistle Band for a concert.

  • Whit Friday Marches

    Whit Friday Marches

    Whit Friday Marches, Saddleworth, Oldham; The band travelled to Greater Manchester to take part in the Whit Friday Marches.

  • Whit Friday Marches

    Whit Friday Marches

    Whit Friday Marches, Saddleworth, Oldham; The band came a creditable 14th out of the 61 bands that competed at Dobcross.

  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend

    Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend

    The band was represented at the Farnham Beacon Lighting Ceremony on 2nd June by cornet player, Sam Atherton. Sam played a special bugle call for the occasion, entitled 'Majesty'.

  • Band Person of the Year

    Band Person of the Year

    The Band Person of the Year is voted by the band members. Nominations included Steve Burgess (for his lock-down video recordings), Rob Greene (for his work towards our 60th anniversary concert), Lyn Sandford (for organising our carolling gigs) and Graeme Verroken (for his lock-down quizzes via Zoom for band members).

    The winner of the award was Steve Burgess. Steve also instigated the Facebook page ‘Bored Bandsmen’; which was set up during lockdown and now has a membership of over 13.7K people.

  • Musician of the Year

    Musician of the Year

    The Musician of the Year is awarded by the MD. This award was presented to Sam Hutson (3rd Cornet) for his attitude, application, hard work and commitment.

  • Farnham Christmas Market

    Farnham Christmas Market

    Farnham Christmas Market 2021, playing to a very large audience.

  • Redfields Garden Centre

    Redfields Garden Centre

    Christmas Carols at Redfields Garden Centre, Church Crookham.

  • Friday night at Wisley Glow

    Friday night at Wisley Glow

    Friday night at Wisley Glow. The music was enjoyed by the visitors while they queued at the entrance..

  • The first of many Christmas Carols being played in Farnborough

    Farnborough Town

    The first of many Christmas Carols being played in Farnborough Town Centre.

  • first band event of 2021

    Godalming Bandstand

    Cllr Michael Steel, Mayor of Godalming and Joy Poulter MBE attended the last Music in the Park Bandstand Concert of 2021 in Phillips Memorial Ground, Godalming.

  • Wey River Festival

    Wey River Festival

    The Wey River Festival. So much to see and do, both during the day and after dusk at the Illuminated Pagaent. Thousands turned up to watch the boats sail up to Dapdune Wharf from Guildford.

  • Pirbright Sea Themed Fête

    Pirbright Village Fête

    Pirbright Sea Themed Fête 2021, held on Pirbright Village Green. Plenty of stalls and lots going on in the arena. A great atmosphere in the centre of the village.

  • Emsworth Show

    The Emsworth Show

    What a great day out for the whole family! Emsworth Horticulture Show! If you missed it - A date for your diary next year - August 29th 2022.

  • first band event of 2021

    First band event of 2021!

    The weather was perfect and we had a super audience for our first band event of 2021 on August 22nd. We performed in the Public Gardens, Alton, Hampshire.

  • Rehearsals have started again!

    Rehearsals started again!

    The Band are once again rehearsing as per normal, after months practicing at home during lockdown. Rehearsals started during May, in Farnham and also in Worplesdon. However, as of 7 June, we will, once again, be back at All Hallows School in Farnham, every Monday and Thursday evening between 8 and 10pm.

  • Carols

    Filming Netflix 'The Dig'

    Members of the band took part in the filming of The Dig which is released recently on Netflix, the film is in the Netflix Top 10.

    All members who took part had costumes made for them, and has an early start to the day for makeup to be done before recording could take place. Shooting began at Shackleford in Surrey in October 2019.

    'Standard of St George', 'La Rejouissance' from Handals Firework music and 'After You’ve Gone' were the pieces the band recorded. The Dig is a drama film directed by Simon Stone, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston, which reimagines the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo. It stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes and Monica Dolan.

  • Carols

    Bordon Annington Property Carols

    Annington Property Limited organised a Christmas carolling event, for recently refurbished houses in Woodland Park/St Lucia Park in Bordon. It created some socially distanced Christmas cheer to the new residents.

  • Carols

    RHS Wisley

    In December Alder Valley Brass made a socially distanced appearance at the Glow, RHS Wisley.

  • Nick Betts

    Musician of the year

    Nick Betts was presented with his Musician of the Year Trophy at RHS Wisley in December - 1st Horn in recognition for his sterling work in the band over the past year. Nick joined in 2013.

    Nick started to play at the age of 11 and has played tenor horn with North East Hampshire Area Youth Band and Durham University Brass Band where he was an exec member and the president. The award will be presented at the next rehearsal.

  • Claire Wade

    Band Person of the Year

    As voted by the members of the band, this is an award to someone who has made a significant contribution to the band over and above normal band activity.

    Claire Wade was awarded this for her work as General Secretary. The award will be presented at the next rehearsal.

  • Derek Creesey

    Derek Creesey

    It is with great sorrow that Alder Valley Brass learnt of the passing of Derek Creesey recently (on the left in the photo). Derek followed the band for almost 30 years. He came to most concerts and was last seen in October 2019, at Frensham Heights School , near Farnham.

    Derek was a very kind man, and has given money to raise funds for the band on many occasions for which we are most grateful. Our thoughts go to his family and friends at this sad time.

  • Zero to over 10000 members!

    Zero to over 10k members!

    In these unprecedented times Brass Bands have been asked not to meet for their usual practice twice a week and stay at home. Sadly Alder Valley Brass have cancelled all rehearsals now until further notice. Many of you will know for bandsman this is, a very hard thing to do. Steve Burgess, Principal Cornet, for Alder Valley Brass decided on his first Monday evening at home without

    rehearsal, to start up the ‘Bored Bandsman’ group on Facebook. This group has been so successful that it already has over 10,700 world wide members! Numbers are still rising every hour. This group provides a lot of support for likeminded Musicians, do join and see what’s going on. You never know, there may even be an internet massed band formed with world wide members.

  • Portsmouth Music Festival

    Portsmouth Music Festival

    After several weeks of practice since Christmas. Alder Valley Brass played their Test piece ‘Legacy by Tom Daveron’ at the Portsmouth Music Festival on Sunday 1st March.

    Much to the delight of their MD, Lee Woodward, they gained a distinction for the performance.

  • Guildford High Street.

    Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

    Each December, while playing carols, Alder Valley Brass collect money for Charity. This year they collected in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice at Guildford High Street and Farnham Christmas Market.

    Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fund Raising Manager, came along to a recent rehearsal in order to thank the band and collect a cheque for £402.71.

Forthcoming appearances

The aim of the Alder Valley Brass is to be one of the region’s premier musical ensembles, sharing the unique spirit and beauty of British brass band music through:
  • Concerts of high musical and artistic quality given in a wide range of venues.
  • Educational and community outreach.
Here is a list of our confirmed Summer Engagements :

  • Friday 11th June, Whit Friday Marches Contests, (various villages in Saddleworth near Oldham).
  • Saturday 12th June, from 19.30-22.00 : Joint Concert with Tintwistle Band, ‘The Place’, Glossopdale School, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, SK13 2DA. see/download concert poster
  • Saturday 25th June, from 14.00-16.00 : Woking Bandstand, 27 Park Drive, Woking GU22 7NG
  • Saturday 2nd July, from 12.15-15.30 : Bourne Show, The Bourne, Farnham
  • Saturday 30th July, from 12.00-14.00 : Aldershot Bandstand, Princes Gardens, Princes Way, Aldershot, GU11 1NX
  • Saturday 6th August, from 14.30-17.00 : Joint Concert with 1st Whitstable Scout Group Band, Whitstable Harbour, 'Dead Man's Corner' CT5 1NB
  • Sunday 7th August, from 14.30-16.30 : Deal Bandstand, The Strand, Walmer, Deal, CT14 7DX
  • Sunday 21st August, from 14.00-16.00 : Alton Bandstand, Alton Public Gardens (Memorial Park), Alton GU34 1JL
  • Monday 29th August, from 11.00-14.45 : Emsworth Horticultural Show, at the New Life Christian Church, 134 Main Rd (A259). Entrance via Thorney Rd, Southbourne.
  • Sunday 11th September, from 15.00-17.00 : Godalming Bandstand. Philips Memorial Park, Godalming GU7 1EP
  • Saturday 17th September, from 13.00-17.00 : River Wey River Festival, Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RR

logoDuring the past few months of lockdown members of Alder Valley Brass have been rehearsing at home and now a video has been made, thanks to Steve Burgess. We hope you enjoy the result.
We look forward to seeing you later in the year when we are able to play once again out and about in the community.

Area Contest

The Band travelled to the Area Contest in Stevenage on 19th March to compete in the 1st section. They came 11th out of 15 bands and this will unfortunately mean that they are relegated to the second section with effect from 1st Jan 2023.