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Wind band conducted by Jeremy Cooper

A trip to Maidstone

Posted by HelenEdith on July 5, 2009

Maidstone Winds, Bandstand, Brenchley Gardens, 5th July, 2009

Maidstone Winds, Bandstand, Brenchley Gardens, 5th July, 2009

This afternoon, we went to Maidstone. The main aim of the outing was to sit in Brenchley Gardens and hear Maidstone Winds perform on the bandstand, but we missed the first half of the concert because we spent a bit longer than planned in the shops first!

We came back to the car laden down with a couple of new quilt covers and other bedding, various items of clothing, a few useful items from a 99p shop and a £1 shop, and to top it all off, I succumbed to 4 place settings of dinner plates, side plates, bowls and mugs in brown stoneware. Poor Stephen had to carry that back to the car and stoneware is heavy crockery!

It was just as well that Linens Direct held onto the bedding for us to collect on our way back past: that was one heavy bag as well, and wouldn’t have been a lot of fun to lug around while we looked in the other shops.

Anyway, we returned to the car, left our purchases and picked up our cameras and folding chairs and set off for Brenchley Gardens, arriving just as the band were starting their second half.

I recognised much of the music, having played it either with Maidstone Winds or with the Beckenham Concert Band, but enjoyed listening instead of playing for a change. I definitely had my foot tapping along a lot of the time!

After the concert was over, I took a few more pictures in the gardens and then Stephen and I went for an early dinner at a Beefeater called Sir Thomas Wyatt on London Road, Maidstone which we had noticed on our way down to Maidstone earlier in the day. We each enjoyed a well-done sirloin steak and then we headed back up the M20 and home to watch the mixed doubles final on the TV.

Beefeater, Sir Thomas Wyatt, London Road, Maidstone

Beefeater, Sir Thomas Wyatt, London Road, Maidstone

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Maidstone Winds – a Night at the Movies

Posted by HelenEdith on June 22, 2009

Helen Cockersole preparing popcorn for our movie-loving concert-goers

Helen Cockersole preparing popcorn for our movie-loving concert-goers

I had an outing with Maidstone Winds, who were in need of a second bassoon for a “Night at the Moves” concert at the Exchange Studio in the Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone on Saturday 20th June.

We played a programme consisting entirely of film music:

  • Dambusters
  • Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
  • Hooray For Hollywood
  • Jurassic Park
  • Gladiator


  • 633 Squadron
  • John Williams – symphonic selection
  • Hymn to the Fallen
  • Anything Goes (Indiana Jones)
  • James Bond 007

The audience were appreciative, and I enjoyed the chance to perform in the venue, which is the smaller of the two main performing spaces in the Hazlitt Arts Centre.

We rehearsed for most of the afternoon, which gave extras such as myself a chance to see the music – and in my case, to decide which bits needed a bit of extra work, and which bits needed a bit of simplification to be playable on one viewing. 😎

As the concert was “A Night at the Movies”, there was popcorn for the audience, and the picture shows Helen, the fixer (who makes sure that the right musicians will be there on the night) busy at the task of making sure that there was plenty of popcorn ready for our patrons to enjoy.

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Entry for December 16, 2007 – Maidstone Winds at St Margarets, Barming

Posted by HelenEdith on December 16, 2007

I had an outing with Maidstone Winds today. They invited me along to augment their bassoon section for a Christmas concert held in St Margaret’s Church, Barming.

Barming is a village near Maidstone in Kent, and the church is down near the banks of the Medway at the end of quite a long lane.

The rehearsal was due to start at 1pm, and I think I got there with about five minutes to spare! We went through the whole concert programme, most of which was music I’d never seen before. Surprisingly, the hardest piece of the lot was a rather elaborate arrangement of “Jingle Bells”!

We had about 40 minutes between the end of the rehearsal and the concert, which started at 4:30pm. There was a single toilet at the church, so queueing up for that was top priority! Then I put my jacket on and went out to my car, where I retrieved my black trousers and put them on under my black skirt, as I suspected that I might be in for a cold evening otherwise. I had a couple of oatcakes to keep the wolf from the door, grabbed my camera, and went back into the church for a couple of “I wuz here” pictures. The camera’s shake reduction did an admirable job. I’ve included the best picture I took above, but you can view the others here: Helen Stephenson’s Pictures of St Margaret’s Church, Barming.

We were served mince pies during the interval, and they even had some Sainsbury’s “Free From” ones that I was prepared to eat. 😀 The whole concert was a mix of good band music and Christmas music, and we finished off with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” as an encore piece.

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Website update: Interior Pictures of St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Charing, Kent

Posted by HelenEdith on September 16, 2007

I’ve just transferred my pictures of St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Charing, Kent, taken on December 11th, 2005, from Yahoo Photos to my website.

They were taken during the interval of an Invicta Wind Orchestra concert, so there was not time or space to set up a tripod, and I used my manual focus prime lenses with wide apertures and a high ISO setting on the camera to take these pictures.

Click here to view them.

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