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 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.

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 are currently looking for Front Row Cornets and Percussion. Would you like to Join Alder Valley Brass? If so contact our 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.

  • 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.

  • Guildford High Street.

    Guildford High Street.

    This was the last of the Carol playing for 2019. Thank you to all those who donated to our charities.

    Happy New Year. Thank you to all our followers, supporters and friends. We wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2020.

  • St Michael's Infant School

    St Michael's Infant School

    A small team of musicians went along to St Michael's Infant School, Aldershot, to take part in a Brass Assembly. Everyone had a great time and it was agreed it had been a very popular event.

  • Christmas Social and Dinner

    Christmas Social and Dinner

    The band took time out from their busy schedule in December, to relax and enjoy some social time together.

    National Trust, Uppark House was decorated beautifully for Christmas. We entertained the visitors with some festive music.

  • National Trust, Winchester City Mill

    National Trust, Winchester City Mill

    Winchester was particularly busy when we played our annual Carols at Winchester City Mill. Visitors took time to visit the Mill and sample freshly made mince pies and mulled wine.

    National Trust, Uppark House was decorated beautifully for Christmas. We entertained the visitors with some festive music.

  • Farnham Christmas Market

    Farnham Christmas Market

    Hundreds of people flocked to Farnham to visit the Annual Christmas Market. We took part by playing carols for people to listen to while they shopped.

  • Tesco Superstore, Aldershot

    Tesco Superstore, Aldershot

    The first of two visits to Tesco this December. We played and collected for charity.

  • Wessex Brass Band Winter Contest

    Wessex Winter Contest

    Alder Valley Brass are very pleased to announce that they came second in the first section, and seventh overall at the Wessex Brass Band Winter Contest which took place in Bournemouth.

    1st Section results:
    1: Drybrook,
    2: Alder Valley,
    3: Otterbourne.

  • Aldershot, Christmas lights

    Aldershot Lights switch on

    Christmas carols at the Aldershot Christmas Light switch on. The first of many venues before Christmas.

  • Mercia Walk, Woking

    2019 Poppy Appeal Launch

    The Band were at Mercia Walk, Woking on November 2nd for the launch of the 2019 Woking Poppy Appeal.

  • Frensham Heights School

    Frensham Heights School

    The Band performed at Frensham Heights School yesterday evening together with Guildford Vox Community Choir. All proceeds went to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice who’s work does so much for the local community.

    Soloists were Steve Burgess, principal Cornet who played Charivari. Liz Sandford, solo horn who played Over the Rainbow. And Roy Hancock and Bob Larbey, Euphoniums with a super sketch of ‘Laurel and Hardy’, 'Another Fine Mess'. We wait to see how much money has been raised for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

  • Dapdune Wharf

    Dapdune Wharf

    Our summer outside entertainment concluded with The River Wey Festival which took place at Dapdune Wharf, Guildford. Lots of people came along to enjoy the last of the good summer weather and to listen to the band. Boats were already moored up ready for the highlight of the whole day.

    The illuminated pageant at dusk, with boats travelling from the centre of Guildford to Dapdune Wharf, brilliantly lit up with fairy lights.

  • Music in the Meadow, Farnham

    Music in the Meadow

    The Deputy Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker, was in attendance at the Bandstand in Gostrey Meadow, Farnham for the last Sunday for 2019 of Music in the Meadow.

    During the afternoon our chairman, Roy Hancock was able to thank the Deputy Mayor and Farnham Town Council for the grant which was given to the band so that we were able to purchase the new banners for the music stands.

  • 90th Birthday

    90th Birthday

    We would like to wish Derek Creesey a very happy 90th birthday. Derek has supported the band for many years, for which we are most grateful. We hope you have a lovely day on Sunday.

    During the afternoon our chairman, Roy Hancock was able to thank the Deputy Mayor and Farnham Town Council for the grant which was given to the band so that we were able to purchase the new banners for the music stands.

  • AVB summer social

    AVB Summer Social

    After the Emsworth Show, band members rounded off the bank holiday weekend with the annual band social. First by playing a game of crazy golf followed by a delicious meal.

  • Emsworth Show

    Emsworth Show

    It was a lovely summers day for the annual Emsworth Horticultural Show. Situated at a new venue this year, there was so much to see and do, a real day out for the whole family. Alder Valley Brass were there too!

  • Tesco

    Tesco Aldershot Fund Raiser

    Thank you to Tesco Aldershot for allowing us to start their major fundraising weekend! We helped to raise over £2000 for Tesco Aldershot Dance Beats over the weekend that we supported for Cancer Research, Diabetes and British Heart Foundation.

  • Uppark

    National Trust, Uppark

    On two Sundays in July, Alder Valley Brass entertained the audience at National Trust, Uppark in West Sussex.

  • Presentation

    Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

    Roy Hancock, chairman of Alder Valley Brass presented a cheque for £350 to Charli Quay-Barnham Community Fund Raising Manager for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice at their rehearsal at All Hallows School tonight.

  • Godalming Bandstand

    Godalming Bandstand

    Lots of people came along to listen to Alder Valley Brass at Music in the Park, at Godalming Bandstand.

  • Armed Forces Day

    Armed Forces Day

    Alder Valley Brass played at the Princes Bandstand in Aldershot to mark Armed Forces Day in June.

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.
  • Saturday 21st March : First Section London and Southern Centre Area Contest. Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
  • Thursday 16th April : 21.00. Alder Valley Brass AGM
  • Sunday 19th April : 15.00-17.00. Addlestone 'Cream Tea' Concert. Addlestone Community Centre, Garfield Road, Addlestone KT15 2NJ
  • Sunday 2nd May : 14.00-16.00. Henley-on-Thames Bandstand, RG9 1BF
  • Sunday 16th May : 14.00-16.00. Woking Bandstand. 27, Park Drive, Woking GU22 7NG
  • Sunday 21st June : 15.00-17.00. Godalming Bandstand, Phillips Memorial Park, Godalming GU7 1EP
  • Saturday 27th June : 11.00-12.00. Aldershot Armed Forces Day. Princes Garden, Aldershot GU11 1NX
  • Saturday 4th July : 12.15-15.30. Bourne Show, The Bourne, Farnham GU10 3NZ
  • Sunday 12th July : 12.00-15.00. National Trust, Uppark. South Harting, Petersfield GU31 5QR
  • Sunday 26th July : 12.00-15.00. National Trust, Uppark. South Harting, Petersfield GU31 5QR
  • Monday 31st August : 11.00-14.00. Emsworth Horticultural Show
Extracts from a press release from Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.
Hitting a High Note for Hospice Care:

A fantastic evening of music from Alder Valley Brass and the Guildford Vox Community choir has raised £1,570 for local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. The evening was held on Friday 25th October at the Aldridge Theatre, at Frensham Heights School, and was led by musical director Lee Woodward, who also made a wonderfully informative and comical compare for the evening.

Alder Valley Brass, who are long term supporters of Phyllis Tuckwell, performed classic hits from popular films including the Greatest Showman, Star Wars and the Wizard of Oz, while the Guildford Vox Community choir, led by Anna Tabbush, entertained the audience with contemporary and traditional songs from the British Isles and around the world.

"Alder Valley Brass supports a local charity each year, and this year it is once again Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care," said Lyn Sandford of Alder Valley Brass. "It was with great pleasure that we gave our time free of charge to raise funds for Phyllis Tuckwell at the Music from the Movies concert. It was a great success and was enjoyed by a large audience. We hope to work again with both Guildford Vox Choir and Phyllis Tuckwell in order to raise even more funds for such a worthy local charity." "We would like to thank Alder Valley Brass and the Guildford Vox Community choir for holding this wonderful evening of music in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell," said Charlotte Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell."

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