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.

  • Poppy Launch

    Poppy Appeal Launch

    The Poppy Appeal launch took place on 27th October in Woking. This coincided with the weather turning very cold. It was a chilly experience after so much lovely warm sunshine during the year.

  • Godalming

    scaba Contest

    AVB took part in the scaba (Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association) Own Choice/Hymn Contest, at The Hawth, Crawley on Sunday 30th September. They were delighted to have come 5th out of 12 competing bands for their section.

  • Godalming

    Gostrey Meadows

    It was a lovely sunny afternoon at Gostrey Meadows Bandstand, Farnham and lots of people came to listen to a variety of popular music. The cake stall was run by Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Cllr Paula Dunsmore, Deputy Mayor of Farnham introduced the Band.

  • Emsworth

    Emsworth Show

    The Emsworth Horticultural Show was the final summer 2018 bandstand appearance. What a great way to finish too, such a amazing show, with so much going on. Thank you to everyone who has listened to us this summer, also to all our customers who have booked us.

    Many thanks also to those musicians who have dept for us, and of course all of our own musicians who give so much of their time to practice and turn up to play. It’s been a great summer.

  • Godalming


    The afternoon's entertainment at the bandstand had to be cancelled due to the heavy rain. However, a quick change of plan, made it possible for the band to move to St Peter and St Paul Church, Borough Road, Godalming and the afternoon entertainment went ahead as planned.

  • Uppark

    Uppark House

    Set in the Sussex countryside, high on the South Downs, is the lovely National Trust property of Uppark House. This was the venue for some music by the band, while people found shade to picnic and enjoy the surroundings and relax.

  • Bourne Show

    Bourne Show

    The annual Bourne Show took place during July. The show attracts a large amount of People from the Farnham area. It was lovely weather to enjoy the many stalls, classic cars, dog show and the general atmosphere.

  • Henley

    Henley on Thames Bandstand

    The bandstand in Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames hosts a summer programme of weekend performances. Alder Valley Brass were there at the beginning of July and played to a large audience, which sat under the trees by the river to listen, on what was a very hot, sunny afternoon.

  • Addlestone community

    Volunteer Fair Farnborough

    We were in Farnborough for the Get Involved Fair. Organised jointly by Rushmoor Borough Council and Rushmoor Voluntary Services, the fair is a chance for voluntary organisations, community groups, sports clubs and societies to raise the profile of the work they do in Aldershot and Farnborough.

  • Addlestone community

    Addlestone Community Centre cream tea concert

    The band played at Addlestone Community Centre at a cream tea concert. Plenty of people turned up, despite the super weather outside. Our thanks to the organisers for the hospitality.

  • Victoria Day

    Victoria Day Parade

    Alder Valley Brass lead the procession at the annual Victoria Parade in Aldershot. The event celebrates close ties with Queen Victoria and attracts thousands of local people to the town centre. 800 people marched this year, including schools, community groups, Normandy veteran and Nepali dancers.

  • 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.

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.
  • Remembrance Parade & Service, Farnham, Sunday 11th November 10am-12.30pm.
  • Aldershot Lights Switch-On, Saturday 17th November 2.30-4.50pm.
  • Carols, Lion and Lamb Yard, Farnham, Saturday 1st December 11am-1pm
  • Basingstoke Festival Place, Sunday 2nd December 11am-5pm
  • Tesco, Aldershot. GU11 1SQ. Wednesday 5th December playing 7.30pm-9.30pm
  • Inside Friary Centre Guildford, Saturday 8th December 10.30am-4pm
  • Guildford High Street, Sunday 9th December 10.30am-4pm.
  • Aldershot Rotary Club Carol Service, St Michael's Church, Aldershot, Wednesday 12th December 7.15-8.35pm
  • National Trust, Winchester City Mill, 174 High Street, Winchester SO23 8EJ. Saturday 15th December 12-3pm
  • National Trust, Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex GU31 5QR. Sunday 16th December 12-3pm
  • The Meadows, Camberley GU47 0FD. Thursday 20th December 7-9.30pm
  • National Trust Polesden Lacey. Sunday 23rd December 12-2pm

Alder Valley Brass is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £52 million to over 16,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Alder Valley Brass has been awarded £1000. Thank you so much to all those people who voted for us.

We requested help in order to be able to get a new uniform for the band. We are so grateful for this financial help and we will now be going ahead and ordering a new uniform. Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.