Autumn Extravaganza

Derwent Valley Wind Band and The V&A Ensemble recently joined forces in their Autumn Extravaganza concert on 2 November 2019 at Holy Trinity Church, Matlock Bath. The audience were treated to a varied programme, with Derwent Valley Wind Band playing pieces from classical to film music and the V&A Ensemble singing a number of original songs. The evening concluded with both groups performing Journey’s End, a joint piece composed especially for the concert.
Derwent Valley Wind Band is a community wind band for all ages. Under the musical direction of Russell Bevan they provide an informal but productive opportunity for adults and young people to play wind instruments. They rehearse on Monday nights at Ecclesbourne School during term time from 6:45pm – 8:30pm. For further information visit
The V&A Ensemble was formed at the end of August 2017 by co-founders Vicki Clemerson and Alan Barnard. The 20 strong choir mostly sings the music that Vicki and Alan compose in four part harmony. Their Musical Director is Anne de Waal. For further information contact

DVWB Summer concert season begins

It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining (sometimes), the smell of the neighbours’ BBQ is wafting over the fence and the gentle hum of the lawn mower is heard of a Sunday morning… it must mean Summer is on the way!

Derwent Valley Wind Band have already started their Summer concert season with a lovely outing to Markeaton Park, where we had a sunny afternoon entertaining the crowd by the Orangery.

The Summer season is a great opportunity to see the band in a less formal setting. As a band, the Summer concerts are great fun and have a more relaxed feel, so why not come and join us for one or more of our upcoming events. They’re always an enjoyable afternoon and we play a great selection of music with everything from YMCA to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Beatles to Washington Post; there should be something for everyone to enjoy.

To find out where to find us over the summer check out our Diary page.

Come & Join us

Derwent Valley Windband would like to invite you to their ‘Come and Play open rehearsal’ on Monday 25th March at Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, 6:45-8:30pm.

Do you play a brass or woodwind instrument?
Haven’t played in a whist? Looking to join a new band?  Want to start a new hobby?

Why not come to our open rehearsal where you are invited to rehearse with the band, chat to the members over a nice cup of tea and a biscuit and see whether it’s the Windband for you?

Please invite your friends, the more the merrier!

Last Night of the Proms

Derwent Valley Wind Band is delighted to be taking part in this year’s Duffield Arts Festival. Together with Ignite UK, a four-part harmony a cappella chorus, we will be bringing the festival weekend to a close with a rousing “Last Night of the Proms” on Sunday 23rd of September. We have an exciting programme for the evening with a mix of contemporary music we know our audience will love, and “Proms” favourites to sing along to, including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.

Ticket are available now from the Duffield Arts Festival Website, for what promises to be a very special concert.

Date – Sunday 23rd September
Times – 7:30pm-10:00pm
Venue – Ecclesbourne School, Wirksworth Road, Duffield

News Update

Derwent Valley Wind Band’s end of term concert was a great success. The band performed a selection of music from original wind band repertoire right up to a selection of hits from the Beach Boys! As a community wind band it has become tradition that at our end of term concert we support a local charity. This year was no exception and the band raised £340 for Derby Stroke Club, a local charity that supports stroke survivors and their carers and which relies heavily on donations to fund a varied programme of speakers, activities and outings. Derby Stroke Club meets fortnightly on Friday afternoons in Derby. For more information contact Steve Adams on 07885 410732.

Derwent Valley Wind Band have been out and about all summer performing across the county and we are looking forward to our next two concerts.

On 27 September we present a Last Night of the Proms concert with Ignite UK as part of the Duffield Arts Festival at Ecclesbourne School and 10 November we are performing a concert to commemorate WW1 with Duffield Singers.

Derbyshire County Show

We are very excited that we will be playing this coming Sunday at the Derbyshire County Show in Locko Park, Spondon, Derby. The show attracts huge crowds each year, and we are looking forward to keeping everyone entertained from the band stand, between 12pm and 3pm. We have planned an exciting and varied programme – hopefully something for everyone. If you are hoping to be at the show, come and find us, just outside the food court.

Date: 24th June 2018

Time: Between 12pm and 3pm

Where: Locko Park, Spondon, Derby.

Heanor – William Gregg V.C.

Derwent Valley Wind Band – Heanor Memorial Park 8th May 2018

DVWB was delighted to be able to play at a very special event on Sunday 8th May in Heanor, to commemorate the actions of William Gregg. He was born in Heanor in 1890 and during World War 1 fought in the 13th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. For his bravery in the trenches in Northern France on the 8th May 1918 Sergeant Gregg was awarded the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious award for bravery awarded to the British armed forces. Members of William Gregg’s family and relatives of others from his company were also present to hear the citation during a short service, at which a commemorative stone was also unveiled.

Duffield Carnival 2018

Our next engagement will be the crowning of this year’s carnival royalty, during the afternoon of the 10th June at St. Alkmund’s Church, Duffield. For details of all of our forthcoming events please visit our ‘Diary’ page and we look forward to seeing you at one of our engagements in the future.

Easter break

So Easter is nearly here already! We have one more rehearsal until the Easter break. The next few weeks rehearsals are as follows: Monday 19th March 2018 is a rehearsal as normal. We then have no rehearsal the next two weeks (Monday 26th March 2018 & 2nd April 2018) as this is our Easter break. We will be back on Monday 9th April 2018 for our first rehearsal of the Summer term.

Half Term

Just a reminder that due to it being half term there is no rehearsal next week (Monday 19th February). We will be back to normal the following week (Monday 26th February).

Come and Join us

It’s hard to believe it’s already February. We are back in the swing of things with our regular Monday night rehearsals and we are enjoying rehearsing some new music and getting together a programme ready for our next concerts. We’ll keep you posted about our upcoming concerts on the website. If, however, you are thinking of coming along to a rehearsal then now is a perfect time. We’re a friendly bunch and always looking for new members. We have both the main band and a training band, which means whatever your level you’ll be welcome at Derwent Valley Wind Band. If you would like to come and join us please get in contact with us via the contact form so we can look out for you at rehearsal.