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

    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.

  • Presentation

    Woodlarks Presentation

    A cheque was presented to The Woodlarks Centre for £577, the charity the band supported during 2017. On the left is Ben Madombwe, Fundraising Manager for The Woodlarks Centre and on the right is Roy Hancock, Chairman of Alder Valley Brass.

  • Concert

    Spring Concert 2018

    The Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks was the venue for a very successful concert in April. Well known music was played, some of the players also did solos. During the evening a presentation of £577 was made to Woodlarks Trust, the charity which the band supported during 2017. Alder Valley Brass would like to thank Rev Howard Wright and the Wardens for allowing them to use the venue.

    Thank you also to families and friends who helped on the night. A special thank you has to go to local shop keepers who donated raffle prizes. The following raffle tickets have not been claimed: White 261, Blue 416 and Green 491, if you have one of these please contact us by email via this link. Lastly, thank you for coming to support us.

  • AGM

    AGM 2018 and Awards

    The AGM took place on April 9th at All Hallows School in Farnham, new officers were elected to the committee, (see the full list below) and awards made.

    Roy Hancock presented the Band Person of the Year award. To the person who had made a significant contribution to the band in the last 12 months, beyond just playing their dots, to Bob Larbey.

  • AGM

    AGM 2018 and Awards

    The AGM took place on April 9th at All Hallows School in Farnham, new officers were elected to the committee and awards made.

    Lee Woodward - musical director presented the award to the Musician of the Year 2017 to Laura James, who, during the year has changed over instruments from Cornet to Percussion.

  • Vox

    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.

  • Christmas

    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.

  • Festival Place

    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.

  • Remembrance Day

    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.

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.
  • Victoria Day Parade, Aldershot, Saturday 9th June.
  • Addlestone Concert at Addlestone Community Centre,
    Garfield Road, Addlestone KT15 2NJ, Sunday 10th June 3-5pm
  • Volunteers Fair, Farnborough, Saturday 16th June 11am-1pm.
  • Henley on Thames Bandstand, Sunday 1st July 2-4pm
  • TBC Surrey Classic bike sportive, Horsley Park, Sunday 8th July 1.00-3.45pm.
  • Bourne Show, Saturday 21st July 12.10-3.15pm.
  • Uppark National Trust, Sunday 22nd July 12-3pm.
  • Godalming Bandstand, Sunday 29th July 3-5pm.
  • Gostrey Meadow Bandstand, Farnham, Sunday 19th August 3-5pm.

2018 AVB AGM

The AGM took place In April at All Hallows School in Farnham and the following officers were elected :

  • Roy Hancock - Chairman and Trustee
  • Claire Wade - General Secretary and Trustee
  • Rob Greene - Treasurer and Trustee
  • Liz McGrath - Contest Secretary and Trustee
  • Bob Larbey - Equipment Manager and Trustee
  • Lyn Sandford - Public Relations and Trustee
  • Mike Pennicote Henrie - Band Manager and Trustee
  • Caz Woods - Committee and Trustee
  • Ian Hancock - Webmaster
  • Laura James - Librarian
  • Bob Larbey - Assistant Librarian

Thank you to all those who voted for us in the TESCO Bags Help Initiative. Voting has now finished and we await the result.


Over the coming months the band will be very active competing in various competitions and concerts. Our latest schedule is shown to the left and includes the Victoria Parade in Aldershot, Henley and the popular Bourne Show.


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.