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About Alder Valley
Brass

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

    Alder Valley Brass has vacancies for the following players: Soprano Cornet, Bass Trombone, BB♭ Bass and Baritone. If you are interested please contact 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.

  • Emsworth Show

    Emsworth Show

    The Sun shone and there was a light breeze - a perfect day for the 98th Emsworth Horticultural Show. A marvellous show was enjoyed by thousands of visitors. Alder Valley Brass played for the show goers and in the marquee exhibits were of a very high standard.

    In the main arena there was a succession of entertaining events including the quack pack and falconry, and in the small arena the dog show was as popular as ever. There was really something for everyone. After this event AVB had their summer social, spending time on a boat trip before going for an evening meal together.

  • Farnham

    Farnham Bandstand

    Every Sunday during the summer, Farnham residents enjoy live music from 3-5pm in Gostrey Meadow under the title Music in the Meadow. In August Alder Valley Brass entertained the crowd, who brought along picnics or enjoyed the refreshments from the tea tent, while they listened to the music.

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    Henley Royal Regatta Finals Day 2017

    The sun shone and the crowds were out for Henley Royal Regatta finals day, which this year was on Sunday July 2nd 2017.

    The band took part in the ‘Music by the River' series of concerts. People came along with their picnics, sat in the park and listened to the popular music which was played.

  • Guildford

    Playing For Charities

    The band were playing for charity in Surrey at the weekend. This year we are supporting Woodlarks Trust. This is a care home and activity centre on the outskirts of Farnham with a mission to provide care and support for people with a range of disabilities, in a warm and friendly environment.

    It was a very warm day in Guildford, temperatures rose to 29.5c. Thank you to the players, deps, collectors, Lee and of course all the people who came to listen and gave so generously, the collection will be split between two charities, Woodlarks Trust & the Band.

  • Greg Hayes presentation

    Greg Hayes presentation

    Greg Hayes, former Chairman of Alder Valley Brass and Timpani player, was presented with a leaving present by Claire Wade, General Secretary at a recent rehearsal.

    Greg will be really missed by the band and everyone wished him and his family well. Greg is moving from the area to Wiltshire. He was presented with garden gift vouchers which can be used at his new home.

  • Roy Hancock presentation

    Roy Hancock presentation

    The Alder Valley Brass AGM took place on Monday 3rd April at All Hallows School, Farnham. The outgoing Trustees reports had been circulated, and the new Trustees were nominated and voted for.

    The Chairman, on behalf of the band, then made a special award to Roy Hancock in recognition of his 25 years of dedicated service to Alder Valley Brass.

  • Double presentation

    AGM Presentations

    At The Alder Valley Brass AGM two annual presentations were made. Greg Hayes announced the winner of the 2016 Musician of the year trophy, which went to Donna Tubb, Flugelhorn player, (left). In 2011 Donna made the move to take up the Flugelhorn seat at Alder Valley Brass.

    The Band voted for the Band Person of the Year, and this went to Claire Wade (right), for her tireless work during the year as General Secretary.

  • Congratulations to the Band and Lee!

    Congratulations to the Band and Lee!

    Congratulations to the Band and Lee! The results are in at the London and Southern Counties Region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. 17 bands were competing in the 1st section.

    Results:
    1. Kidlington Concert Brass (Duncan Wilson)
    2. Regent Brass (Nick Thompson)
    3. Hitchin (Graham Chambers)
    4. Alder Valley Brass (Lee Woodward)

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.
  • Woking Bandstand, Woking Park
    Saturday September 9th 2017 2.00-4.00 PM
    The band are taking part in Summer Sounds, more information at this link
  • SCABA Contest at The Hawth, Crawley RH10 6YZ
    Sunday, 24th September 2017
  • Joint Concert with Staines Lammas Band Venue and times TBC
    Saturday, 11th November 2017
  • Remembrance Parade Farnham, Church Service & Last Post
    Sunday November 12th 2017 10 AM-12.30 PM. More information at this link
  • Aldershot Lights switch on
    Saturday November 18th 2017 2.30-4.45 PM (times tbc)
  • Basingstoke Festival Place carols
    Sunday November 26th 2017 11 AM-5 PM
  • Uppark NT Victorian Weekend (nr Petersfield) carols
    Sunday December 3rd 2017 12-3 PM
  • Evening Joint Concert with Vox Choir :
    St. John the Evangelist, St John’s Street, Godalming GU7 3EJ
    Friday December 8th 2017 19.45-22.00
  • Charity Collection Guildford High St.
    Saturday, 9th December 11.00 AM-4.00PM
  • Aldershot Rotary Club Carol Service,
    St Michaels Church, 102 Church Lane East, Aldershot GU11 3SS
    Wednesday 13th December 19.15-20.35pm
Lee Woodward
Lee

I'm looking forward to the challenge of preparing the band for a busy summer season. If you would like to be part of Alder Valley's exciting future please get in touch with me.

Mr Lee Woodward
(Musical Director)

Summer Sounds
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On Saturday 9th September Alder Valley Brass will be performing at the bandstand in Woking Park as one of a series of concerts by local Surrey based bands. Relax with a picnic, take a seat on one of the brightly coloured deckchairs and soak up the sounds of the music.

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Alder Valley Brass will taking part in the SCABA (the local association for Brass Bands in the Southern Counties of England) Autumn Contest at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley on Sunday 24th September.

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Alder Valley Brass will again feature in the annual Farnham Remembrance Parade, Last post and church service. Parade starts at 10.40 from the central car park. The church service will be held at St Andrews Church, Farnham.