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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

    Do you play tenor horn, front row cornet, bass or 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.

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    Joint Concert with Vox Choir in Godalming

    In December we had an amazing concert at the John the Evangelist Church in Godalming. Thank you to the Guildford Vox Community Choir for inviting us.

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    Christmas Carols

    The band spent many hours playing carols during December, taking the opportunity to boost much needed funds. The band is a charity and needs to raise at least £1000 a month to cover its overheads. Therefore, December is a very important month.

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    Christmas comes to National Trust Uppark

    Christmas had come to the National Trust Uppark (nr Petersfield) Victorian Weekend and was well worth a visit.

    The band played carols, at the start of the Victorian Christmas event.

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    Festival Place, Basingstoke

    The band played for the first time in Festival Place, Basingstoke on Sunday 26th November. They collected money for charity, and people stopped and listened while they were Christmas shopping.

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    Aldershot Lights switch on

    Visitors to the town centre were treated to a day full of festive activities with a packed schedule of music and entertainment on a stage in Union Street. Alder Valley Brass and Cactus Brass entertained shoppers with traditional music and the Aldershot Lions offered mulled wine to raise funds for local community projects.

    The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sophia Choudhary, the Mayoress of Rushmoor, Attika Choudhary, the leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Cllr David Clifford and MP for Aldershot, Leo Docherty all took to the stage for the switch on.

  • Remembrance Day

    Remembrance Sunday

    Alder Valley Brass led a Remembrance Service parade through the streets of Farnham. It was an opportunity for the community to come together to reflect and remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. The event began with the Mayor of Farnham Councillor Mike Hodge and local dignitaries joining the parade and assembling at the War memorial for 10.45am. The Last Post was played by principal cornet player, Steve Burgess.

    The two-minute silence was followed by Reveille also played by Steve Burgess. After the service, representatives from the services, armed services and youth organisations took part in a march past led by Alder Valley Brass. The salute was taken outside Farnham Town Council’s office by the Mayor of Farnham & visiting dignitaries including Vice Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Bill Biddell. The morning concluded with a service at St. Andrew’s Church.

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    Alan and Tracey Frampton presentations

    Alan Frampton and his wife Tracey, have now moved from Aldershot and gone to live near their daughter in Essex. This has meant that Alan has left Alder Valley Brass. There was a presentation to Alan and Tracey at the end of the church service in Farnham recently. Alan was presented with garden vouchers by Roy Hancock, Trustee & chairman of

    Alder Valley Brass & thanked for the many years of service which he had given to the band. Tracey was presented with flowers, for the support which she had given at concerts & when collectors were needed for charity, by Liz McGrath, Trustee & solo horn player.

  • 2017 Woking Poppy Appeal

    Woking Poppy Appeal

    Alder Valley Brass were at the launch of the 2017 Woking Poppy Appeal.

    There were many hours of music played in the centre of Woking.

  • Scaba Autumn 2017

    Scaba Autumn 2017

    Congratulations are in order for Steve Burgess, who was awarded Best Instrumentalist for the first section at scaba, (the local association for Brass Bands in the Southern Counties of England) Autumn 2017 contest.

    Well done also to The Band who came 4th for the hymn tune and 6th in the test piece.

  • 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.

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    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.

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.


  • Area Contest Stevenage
    Saturday 17th or Sunday 18th March
  • AVB Rehearsal and AGM,
    Monday 9th April, Rehearsal 8pm and AGM 9pm,
  • Fundraising Concert (for AVB) at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 5AA
    Saturday 21st April, 7.30pm start.
  • Victoria Day Parade, Aldershot, Saturday 9th June.
  • Volunteers Fair, Farnborough, Saturday 16th June 11am-1pm.
  • Henley on Thames Bandstand, Sunday 1st July 2-4pm
  • Bourne Show, Saturday 21st July 12.10-3.15pm.
  • Uppark National Trust, Sunday 22nd July 12-3pm.
  • Gostrey Meadow Bandstand, Farnham, Sunday 19th August 3-5pm.

More appearance dates for Alder Valley Brass will appear here in due course. We're looking forward to a very busy year!
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Contest

Alder Valley Brass are the featured Brass Band on the live Radio Show 'Sounds of Brass' on Wednesday 7th February on the Brass Band Radio between 12-2pm.
This can be found : via this Facebook link.

Christmas
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We would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us in the run up to Christmas, it was a busy time. We collected £577 in Guildford for the Woodlarks Centre. We wish you all a very Happy New Year.

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Contest

Over the coming months the band will be very active competing in various competitions and concerts. In March AVB will be at the Area Contest in Stevenage. On Saturday 21st April there will be a Fundraising Concert (for AVB) at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, Alton. Ticket information available shortly.

Flugelhorn
Contest

It was with sorrow that we learnt of the recent death of Alan Roe who was a founder member of the Aldershot Brass Ensemble and attended our 50th anniversary. Those that remember him will know he played flugelhorn and was also with George Prior in a jazz band. His first love was jazz. Alan was a graphic artist and was always very supportive of youngsters in the band.