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About the Alder Valley Brass

For more than 50 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. The band has also undertaken many foreign tours including Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Alder Valley Brass has extensive experience of TV, radio and theatre including the "Aldershot Brass Ensemble" sketch with the Two Ronnies and the BBC sitcom "Oh Happy Band," and was featured in 14 consecutive performances of the hit play "Brassed Off" at theatres in Woking and Richmond.

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 (The Armed Forces Charity) and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

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In addition to concert and bandstand work, Alder Valley Brass is a contesting band and, over the years, has been remarkably successful, appearing at the national finals of Great Britain on multiple occasions including appearances at The Royal Albert Hall competing against the very best in Great Britain.

The standard line up for concerts and bandstand work is 25 brass players plus percussionists but this can be tailored to suit. For instance, a fanfare team would be 3 trumpets and 3 trombones plus percussion. If you need a small group to play background music at a formal dinner, that could be either a brass quintet (2 cornets, horn, trombone & tuba) or a small band (4 cornets, horn, baritone, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion). Whatever the occasion, Alder Valley Brass offers both appropriate music and the right instrumentation to suit. Please get in touch to discuss any specific requirements that you have. Alder Valley Brass is sure to be able to help and the fees are very reasonable.

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  • Alder Valley Brass carols

    Alder Valley played Christmas Carols at National Trust Winchester City Mill and the next day the band played at National Trust Polesden Lacey. They then played to a full house at the Aldershot Football annual carol service at Holy Trinity Church, Victoria Road, Aldershot and then spent five hours playing in and around Guildford to raise funds for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Farnham and the Band. Thank you to everyone who donated money.

  • Commemoration & Service

    Alder Valley Brass Principal Cornet player, Steve Burgess, played the Last Post and Reveille at the Farnham Remembrance Service on Sunday 13th November 2016. The band lead the parade through Farnham to the War Memorial. A variety of quiet reflective music was played during the wreath laying ceremony. The band then lead the way to a church service at St Andrew's church in Farnham. Cllr and Mrs John Ward, were in attendance.

  • Public Concerts

    During the summer the band had a very busy time. At the beginning of July they played at Godalming Bandstand. In mid July they played at Bourne Show. This is a traditional village show which has taken place for over 50 years, it provides a great afternoon our for all the family and raises money for local charities and good causes. Other venues included Henley on Thames where they played at the Bandstand, by the banks of the river. At Woking they took part in the Summer Sounds programme at the Bandstand.

  • Alder Valley Brass November 2017 Newsletter.

    Alder Valley Brass July 2017 Newsletter.

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What we do

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    We perform indoor and outdoor concerts, which can be at any time of the year. We can offer to perform in fundraising concerts for your organisation, on a split profit or set fee basis.
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    We also enjoy performing in joint concerts with other musical groups such as choirs and musicians such as organists. Recent examples have been joint concerts with renowned organist Andrew Storey, Guildford Vox Choir, Rushmoor Male Voice Choir. Also fetes, fairs and shows in the south of England, we are not confined to our local area.
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    We do compete and recent competitions have been in Oxford, Torquay, Crawley, Stevenage, Leicester and Wychavon. We do marching jobs and we regularly attend the Whit Friday march contest in the north of England. Last year we were awarded 3rd place overall in the Aldershot Victoria Day Parade where we were up against military/ex-military bands.
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    We have lots of experience of playing appropriate music for private events - weddings, christenings, funerals, birthday parties. We can be flexible to the client's requirements; a full band or a ten-piece can be provided, or even a lone bugler or fanfare team, depending on the event and client's requirements.

    We are much in demand at Christmas for indoor or outdoor carol concerts in church or other local community events, Christmas Fairs. Lots of repeat business year after year from several National Trust properties.
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    Community service - We are very proud to lead the Farnham Remembrance Day parade and Church Service every year and perform the Last Post in Farnham and local schools. Fundraising in the community. Charity fundraising in Basingstoke, Guildford, Farnham, Aldershot, Sandhurst. We have a reputation for being very well organised, reliable, punctual and friendly.

Our Musical Director

Lee Woodward

Musical Director - Lee Woodward

Alder Valley Brass would like to warmly welcome and introduce our new Musical Director, Mr Lee Woodward.

Lee is an experienced Musician, who has directed bands since 2007. His most recent success has been conducting both Saint Sebastian's and Staines Lammas Bands. In 2016, Lee led Saint Sebastian’s to their first ever appearance at the Area Contest second section finals. He is now looking forward to the challenge of taking Alder Valley Brass forward, building on the strong foundations left by Mr Roger Burke.

Having had lots of experience playing in bands, Lee joined the Army as a musician, serving firstly with the Band of The Kings Regiment, before successfully auditioning for a post with the Band of The Irish Guards. Lee was later posted to the Band of The Logistic Corps. Retirement from the Army came in 2014.

Testimonials

  • I have used Alder Valley Brass for several concerts to raise money for Help for Heroes.
    Each time I have been amazed at their professionalism from the time of booking to their presentation and performances, all making the organisers roll much easier. Their variety of music covers all tastes, especially the James Bond music which will always astonish me at such an excellent performance, never to be forgotten.
    Thank you Alder Valley Brass, for your outstanding performances.

    Terry Taggart
  • Alder Valley Brass did an excellent job when we hired them for our Grandsons 21st Birthday party. From the time of contact to ask about the engagement, to the performance it was all undertaken with professionalism.
    They can be relied upon to make your day special. We would recommend them to anyone!

    Joan and Reg Witchard
  • Rushmoor Male Voice Choir and Alder Valley Brass have jointly performed on more than one occasion and the choir have thoroughly enjoyed the experience each time. As well as their own very enjoyable items Alder Valley bring a superb sound to the joint performances that makes our choir sound even better.

    Mark Kusionowicz, Publicity Officer & Webmaster, Rushmoor 'Odd Fellows' Male Voice Choir