Ring in the New - Maidstone Wind Symphony


All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YE
Church on a snowy mountain


Maidstone Wind Symphony are returning together under the baton of Roger Graham for our winter concert, Ring in the New! on the 11th December 2021, 7.30pm at the stunning All Saint’s Church.

For this concert we have chosen a variety of music, both recognisable Christmas tunes and exciting new music that reflects the season. The theme for the concert is bells and each piece contains or alludes to the wonderful chimes and rings of bells.

Ring in the New! will be our first concert under the baton of Roger Graham, our new music director. Here is what he has to say about three of the pieces in our programme:

Sleigh Ride - arranged by Tom Wallace
Prokofiev wrote the famous Midnight Sleigh Ride (Troika) in 1933.  This arrangement was originally arranged by Sauter and Finegan for their jazz band.  Tom Wallace’s adaptation of this arrangement retains its boundless energy, fun and sophisticated wit.

Winter Dances - Fergal Carroll
Winter Dances was commissioned to mark the opening of The Pyramid, Warrington’s purpose-built arts venue. It was written to allow performance with dancers and in order to accommodate this each of the three movements has its distinct character. The movements are titled November, December and January (as the composer’s home country of Ireland uses the Celtic calendar rise are its winter months. 

Ghosts of the Old Year -  James David
The title is taken from James Weldon Johnson’s poem of the same name, which is excerpted here;
The snow has ceased its fluttering flight,
The wind sunk to a whispering light,
An ominous stillness fills the night,
A pause – a hush.

At last, a sound that breaks the spell,
Loud clanging mouthings of a bell,
That through the silence peal and swell,
And roll and rush.

What does this brazen tongue declare?
‘Tis telling us that the year is dead,
The New Year come the Old Year fled,
Another leaf before me spread
On which to write.

The composer, James David, thought that Johnson’s imagery of bells sounded like a call to action and this bought about many musical possibilities. Bells and other metallic percussion play a significant role throughout the work as a result.  A second source of inspiration is the hymn tune Beach Spring, a beautifully simple tune built on the pentatonic scale.

We will once again be happily supporting Time for the Homeless, an incredible charity that supports the homeless of Maidstone and holds a soup kitchen outside All Saints Church. Like our previous Christmas concert we will be collecting shoe box donations (more information to follow) for this brilliant charity and thank all who are able to take part.

As COVID-19 continues to be a risk, we would like to ask our audiences to protect everyone by wearing a mask when attending the concert, unless exempt, and encourage lateral flow testing where possible. There will sanitisation areas at the venue and we encourage caution with regard to physical contact with others, keeping to households where possible. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

For this concert there will be no paper programmes, instead we will trial a QR code scanning method at the venue as well as emailing the programme to those who have bought tickets online. This is due to COVID safety and the environmental impact of printing lots of programmes.

We cannot wait to welcome back our wonderful audiences and supporters for our first concert since 2019! Come visit us on the 11th December, 7.30pm, at All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone. Tickets can be booked online or on the door. 


Ring in the New! Ticket information:

£5 for children ages 8-18
£10 for adults 
£8 for concessions
£25 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

Tickets can be booked online via our website or on the door. 
7.30pm, 11th December, All Saints Church, Mill Lane, Maidstone

Concert Schedule for the 2021/2022 SEASON:

Saturday, 11th December 2021 - Ring in the New! (All Saints Church). A reflection on the festive season and winter months, with a focus on the future. 

Saturday, 19th March 2022 - Well-being  (Mote Hall). A concert centred around the many different forms of well-being and the role of the arts within it. 

Saturday, 7th May 2022 - Textures, with saxophonist Alastair Penman. Titled after Mackey’s saxophone concerto, in which each movement is named after a material used to build a saxophone.  

Saturday, 9th July 2022 - Thunk! with trombonist Brett Baker. An American themed concert containing pieces inspired by America or by American composers. 

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Opening Times

Season (11 Dec 2021)
Saturday19:30 - 21:30


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Archbishops' Palace and All Saints Church on the River Medway, next to the horseway.All Saints Church, Maidstone, MaidstoneThe Parish Church of the county town of Kent was largely built by Archbishop Courtenay (14th century) and is one of the largest and finest Perpendicular churches in England. Of note are the medieval choir stalls and the Washington family memorial.

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