Arts organisations, clubs and associations

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association

Brass Bands

Brass Bands in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Cold Ash Brass

Cold Ash Brass is based in the village of Cold Ash, 1 mile north of Thatcham and just 2 miles from Junction 13 (Newbury) of the M4.

Formed in April 2003, the Band currently comprises 22 musicians across all sections from Principal Cornet to Percussion. We are actively seeking another 6 to 10 players to complete the mix.

Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:30pm in St. Mark's School, Cold Ash.

Paul Sanders
Band Secretary

01635 869906

East Woodhay Silver Band

The East Woodhay Silver Band is made up of 2 bands, the senior band has around 25 members. We perform regularly locally at concerts, contests, fetes etc. We also have a training band which meets on Tuesday and always welcomes new players.

Konrad Firth
Band Chairman

01256 366070

Hungerford Town Band

Drawn from local musicians of all ages the Hungerford Town Band continues to thrive and grow, offering its members the opportunity to enjoy and learn whilst providing entertainment at the many varied engagements undertaken throughout the year.

New members are always welcome, and the Training Band gives new musicians the chance to experience the pleasure of playing in a brass band.

Andrew Tilley
Band Secretary

Pangbourne Band

We are a long established and friendly community brass band that meets every Wednesday evening in the Pangbourne Village Hall. The main band welcomes all players and we do not hold auditions so do please come along and join us. Alternatively if you are visiting the area do pop in for a blow.

In addition we have a recently established and growing youth band which meets before the main band from 6:30pm to 7:45pm during terms. For £1 a week we can provide tuition and instruments for young people who want to learn to play a brass instrument and have fun playing in a group with other young people.

If you want to come along please contact us just to check we are meeting that week.

Edmund Pike
Band Secretary

0118 972 4249

Phoenix Brass

Formed in May 1993 to promote the enjoyment of music by brass bands not only for players but also for the public at large.

Phoenix Brass provides facilities for brass band players to participate in musical activities of many types, musical interest and entertainment for members of the public and encourage the appreciation of and participation in music as a whole.

It meets twice each week (engagements permitting) at the Froxfield War Memorial Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm. Junior players practice and lessons on Saturday mornings from 10am.

Richard Fradgley
Band Secretary

01488 685004

South Berks Concert Band

South Berks Concert Band is a Platinum Award winning, friendly community group of woodwind, brass and percussion players who have performed in and around the Reading and West Berkshire area for over 40 years. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about our concerts and other events, or are interested in joining us.

The band meets at Mortimer Methodist Church, West End Road, Mortimer each Friday evening, 7:45 - 10:00.

Louise Truslove

Watership Brass

Watership Brass, the official Newbury Town Band, holds weekly rehearsals on a Tuesday evening at 7.45pm at Craven Dene, Newbury, Berks.

We have a current membership of 28 volunteer musicians ranging in age from 15 to 75 and we live up to our motto of 'Serving the Community Musically' by playing at charity concerts, weddings, school reunions and by leading the annual Remembrance Day parade.

We welcome new players enthusiastically, expecially bass players, and full details of our band can be found at

Kevin Jarvis

42 Humber Close
RG18 3DT

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West Berkshire District Council