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Maidenhead Salvation Army

29 February 2020

Ascot Brass, with the support of the Maidenhead Salvation Army Songsters (choir), played a concert on the evening of 29th February to a full hall at the Salvation Army Maidenhead.

New to the repertoire were the Goff Richards arrangement of Nicolas Brodszky's I'll Walk with God and an original romance by Alan Fernie, Forever Shining.…

Ascot Races

21 December 2019

A small band played in the grandstand at the Ascot Christmas meeting on Friday 20th December, accompanying racegoers for a set of carols following the last race of the day.

On Saturday 21st, the full band played a selection of festive numbers throughout the day, starting with a set before the racing began, then playing in between each race.…


14 December 2019

Ascot Brass took to the stage at St Crispin's School on 14th December, supporting the various Wokingham Singhealthy choirs in their Christmas Concert.


07 December 2019

The band presented its traditional Christmas concert at the Parish Church in Windsor on 7th December, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Taplow Youth Choir, as ever, delivered an excellent series of pieces to supplement the band's programme, and the audience, as ever, joined in heartily with carols and bobbed up and down to join in with…


09 November 2019

Ascot Brass presented a concert at St Michael's Church, Beaconsfield, on 9th November, joining with the Wycombe Orpheus male voice choir to raise funds for the Sharon International Ministries charity Changing Lives. Opening with the contest march Keighley Moor, the band's programme included Suppe's Morning, Noon and Night and Alan…


05 October 2019

Ascot Brass joined with the choirs of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School at All Saints Church in Marlow on 5th October to present a concert in aid of Rotary Club charities. Opening with William Rimmer's classic march The Cossack, the programme featured Stacy Hall as horn soloist playing He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother and the…

Reading Salvation Army

06 July 2019

Ascot Brass joined with singers of the Thames Valley Chorus for a Saturday evening concert on 6th July at Reading Salvation Army. The event raised funds for the Employment Plus scheme.

The band's programme opened with…

Staines Salvation Army

08 June 2019

An “Into Africa” fund raiser was held at Staines Salvation Army on Saturday 8th June for The Kenya Trust, which will use the money raised to improve facilities at two schools in that country. Ascot Brass and Staines Salvation Army Songsters presented a mixed programme of music for the evening, which made £1720 for the charity.

St Nicolas Church, Taplow

11 May 2019

The band once again joined with Taplow Girls' Choir at St Nicolas Church in Taplow for an evening of fine music on 11th May. The band's programme included the pacy Latin number Cumana, Bohemian Rhapsody and Forty Second Street, and featured cornet solo You Raise me Up (soloist: Mark Dallas). The choir, as always,…

Maidenhead SA Citadel

09 March 2019

Ascot Brass now regularly rehearses at Maidenhead Salvation Army Citadel, and on 9th March it also became the venue for the band's first concert of 2019, together with the citadel's Maidenhead Songsters. New…

Windsor Parish Church

08 December 2018

Ascot Brass joined with Taplow Youth Choirs at Windsor Parish Church on 8th December for the traditional Christmas concert, raising funds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The evening included several very entertaining readings by Patricia Hodge.

Highlight of the band's programme was without doubt Kevin Norbury's Gaudete, while…


02 November 2018

Together with Bulmershe School choirs, Ascot Brass presented a concert at St Andrew's church, Sonning, on 2nd November, raising funds towards new lighting in the building.

The programme opened with The Dambusters March, marking the…


13 October 2018

Ascot Brass joined with the Sear Green CE School choir and Sear Green male choir at Beaconsfield’s St. Michael’s Church on 13th October to present a concert raising funds for the local Bradbury House care home. A packed and enthusiastic audience heard a good mix of pieces, with impressive contributions by the school choir.

The band’s programme…


29 September 2018
Ascot Brass joined with the singers of the Thames Valley Chorus in Marlow's All Saints Church on Saturday 30th September to present a concert in aid of causes supported by the local Rotary Club.

Reading Minster

09 June 2018

The band performed together with Wokingham Singhealthy choir at Reading Minster on 9th June in a programme focusing on British folk music. Opening with Britannia, Ascot Brass pieces included All Through the Night, Annie Laurie and The Water of Tyne, and the band and choir joined to present Percy Grainger's arrangement…

Concert at Salvation Army hall, Lower Earley

24 February 2018

The band's first concert of 2018 was at SA church in Lower Earley on 24th February, performing to a full audience together with choir of Hawkedon Primary School.

The programme included a number of new additions to the band's repertoire, among them Alan Catherall's arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody, the same arranger's sparkling variations…

St Crispin's, Wokingham

16 December 2017

Ascot Brass joined the combined local Singhealthy community choirs at Wokingham's St. Crispin's School on 16th December, playing seasonal pieces and backing the choir and audience for carols and a version of Twelve Days of Christmas that made for a rousing finale.

Windsor Christmas Concert

09 December 2017

The Taplow Youth Choir once again proved to be an excellent partner for the band's Sounds of Christmas concert at Windsor Parish Church on 9th December. As well as music from the band and choir, actor David Robb contributed entertaining readings in each half, and Richard Gash made his customary good job of compering.

Band pieces included…


01 December 2017

The band joined with Taplow Children's Choir and Taplow Boys' Choir at St. Michael's Church in Beaconsfield for a Friday evening concert in aid of the local Rennie Grove hospice on 1st December. A very Christmassy programme included solos Rocking Carol (Mark Dallas, cornet) and Peter Graham's arrangement of  Away in a Manger


30 September 2017

The band joined with the Thames Valley Chorus a capella ensemble at Marlow's All Saints church on Saturday 30th September to present a concert in aid of Rotary Club charities.

Highlights included My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose (cornet soloist Mark Dallas), Friedmann's Slavonic Rhapsody No 2 and cornet trio Trumpets…


13 May 2017

Ascot Brass joined with Taplow Girls Choir in our annual concert at St Nicolas Church to raise funds for the Taplow Choirs.

Under the direction of acting MD Kelvin Ketteringham, the band's programme opened and closed with marches - William Turkington's Able and Goff Richards's Barnard Castle - with a mix of lyrical pieces…

Bluecoats School, Sonning

11 November 2016

Ascot Brass presented a concert on behalf of Friends of St Andrew’s Church, Sonning, to an appreciative capacity audience at Reading Blue Coat School.

Joining us in concert were the combined junior choirs of St. Andrew's Church and Sonning School and vocal soloist Ray Higgs.

Funds raised went towards a new heating boiler for the church.