Musical Director, Alfie Hughes

Alfie began her musical career in 1975 aged nine when she took the opportunity to play tenor horn at school. Shortly after, she joined Solent Youth Concert Band under the direction of Wesley Garner. Solent Concert Band went on to become one of the leading brass bands in the south of England, qualifying several times for the Championship Section of the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall. Alfie’s first appearance with Solent at the Nationals was aged 12 in 1979 (Volcano) and went on to contest the finals again in 1980 (Carnival Overture) and 1981 (Blitz), achieving a creditable 8th and 9th places respectively.   

Alfie holds a foundation degree in instrumental and vocal teaching and subsequently obtained a BMus degree from Chichester University in 2010.

Alfie’s association with Chichester City Band began in 1988 when she was invited to join on tenor horn but subsequently offered the position of Principal Cornet. During her time at Chichester City Band, Alfie led the band’s successful progression from the Fourth Section to the First Section, with Finals appearances at Cardiff International Arena, Harrogate International Conference Centre, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and culminating with its millennium performance at the Royal Albert Hall, where it secured eighth place with Abstractions.

Alfie continues to enjoy playing and has been a member of Bournemouth Concert Brass since 2010, firstly playing solo tenor horn, then Principal cornet and currently flugel horn and is a much sought after guest player with other top quality bands in the area. Notable contesting appearances have been with the Woodfalls Band and most recently with Friary Brass Band at the 2021 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall and will be part of the Friary’s forthcoming appearance at the Brass in Concert contest to be held at The Sage, Gateshead at the end of November 2021.

In July 2021 Alfie was invited to renew her links with Chichester City Band but this time as Musical Director in order to prepare the band for its participation in the Third Section finals at Cheltenham in September of this year. In October 2021, Alfie was offered the post of professional Musical Director on a permanent basis, an offer she has been proud to accept.

Alfie is married to Kevin who is also actively involved in the brass band world and they have three children, Charlie, Jess and Raine