All posts by Jane Tilley

West of England Champions!

The Band is absolutely delighted to be crowned West of England Champions of the Championship Section at Cheltenham on Sunday 3rd April 2022. We were delighted with our performance of Wilfred Heatons Contest Music . This was the result of the leadership and Musical Direction of our M.D. Glyn Williams . This comes off a 2 year Enforced hiatus from major competition and also off a winning performance led by Glyn at the recent Wychavon Entertainment Contest October 2021.

As our Chairman Shaun Mundy stated.

“West of England Champions for the first time since 1981. Thanks to the band of today and everyone associated with the band through those years! Also, well done to all the bands today after a rough couple of years. We look forward to representing the West of England and the village of Aldbourne at the Royal Albert Hall in October!” 

The Band is overwhelmed with the amount of Congratulations and feedback that it has received from the Banding Family and beyond, plus the feedback it has received from the Banding Press

4 Bars Rest Iwan Fox states

Deftly led by Glyn Williams over the treacherous hurdles of ‘Contest Music’, it was the Wiltshire band’s first top-flight Area victory since their sole success in 1981, although it was by no means a lucky outside bet come good”

The Band now looks forward to a busy Spring and Summer season of Concerts and looks forward to preparing itself for the British Open at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on September 10th 2022, closely followed by the Royal Albert Hall National Finals on October 15th 2022 ….we cannot wait !

Full Results

Championship Section:
Test-piece: ‘Contest Music’ (Wilfred Heaton)
Adjudicators: Dr Robert Childs and Alan Morrison
1. Aldbourne (Glyn Williams)*
2. Flowers (Paul Holland)*
3. Camborne Town (David Hirst)
4. Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith)
5. St Dennis (Darren R Hawken)
6. Filton Concert Brass (Erik Van De Kolk)
7. Brunel Brass (Daniel Hall)
8. Woodfalls (Garry Cutt)
9. Michelmersh Silver (Melvin White)
10. Lydbrook (Steve Sykes)
11. SW Comms (Stephen Sykes)
12. Roche Brass (David Hamilton)

Success at Wychavon

The Band was delighted to be placed first at the recent Wychavon Entertainment contest. This was in a field of 17 Bands , with Aldbourne playing no 16. This was especially good being the first contest in nearly 2 years and the first led by their M.D. Glyn Williams. There is an excellent write up of this on 4bars rest here. The Band is thrilled with the result and look forward to a busy couple of months of Concerts and rehearsals for the upcoming British Open Contest. Suffice to say every member is smiling as they look forward to January !


It is so great to say that we are back playing Concerts as a Band. We had a Pilot August Pond concert which was a great success. Our next couple of Gigs is this weekend Leading the Carnival March on the 4th of September at 18:00 followed by the Carnival Pond on the Green Concert at 18:30 . We have a busy schedule of Concerts building up through September – December so please check out our Events schedule for more information. The Band also is welcoming new members to strengthen our ranks as we work towards the British Open . Their Bios will be published soon in our About our players section. We are so thrilled to be back music making and look forward to once again entertaining you all through our music making lead by our M.D. Glyn Williams.

Update on upcoming concerts – covid-19

Hello everyone hope you are all keeping well. We wanted to update you on forthcoming concerts over the next month or so. Obviously with the Covid-19 situation moving swiftly and following closely government guidance over social distancing it is with great sadness the following concerts are being cancelled or postponed.

1. 18th April Lucis Choir Concert St Mary Redcliffe Bristol postponed until 20201

2. May 9th VE day Concert Shoreham Kent (cancelled)

3. May 30th Joint Concert with Abbey Brass and Oxfordshire Youth Band – Postponed

4. Whit Friday 6th June Cancelled (we were competing)

5. 7th June Pond 1 Aldbourne (Cancelled)

6. 7th July Pond 2 Aldbourne (Cancelled)

7. 11th July Phoenix Choir Joint Concert – 75th John Rutter Anniversary Concert – Postponed 2021
We are however going to look to start posting for your enjoyment on our Social Media presence recording of recent concerts over the last 6 months so please keep checking in. Be safe be well and once we get through this current chapter in all our lives we look forward as a Band to be back entertaining you all. #Aldbourneband #Dabchicks

7. 9th August Pond on the Green (Watching closely)

A historic year in reflection

Wishing all our friends and Supporters and wider Banding family a fabulous Happy New Year! We look forward with excitement and hard work to build on the achievements of last year! We feel blessed as we move forward into 2020 with a full and happy, settled and committed Band. We give thanks to Glyn Williams for the inspirational and musical excellence and guidance over the last two years and look forward to working hard with him through 2020. We also look forward to working with some amazing conductors over the forthcoming months and experience some new musical adventures. We will forever remain though true to our roots of being the Subscription Village Band.You will find us very much at the center of the Village artistic and musical activities… the British Open dates fall this year so we WILL be marching in the carnival 🙂. Bring on 2020 ! #dabchicks #Aldbourneband