Honorary Patron – Councillor Trudy Dean
During my secondary school education in Staffs I gained a place in the Staffs Second Orchestra, being briefly promoted (beyond my skill!) to the first orchestra. I gained a Hons Degree from Queen Mary College London University and completed teacher training PGCE at Senate House, London University. I taught at Highbury Hill High School for Girls for a few years before starting a family and moving to Derbyshire with husband John.
In the late seventies we moved to Kent and I became in succession the Village Hall Booking Secretary, Parish Clerk, Parish Councillor, Kent County Councillor and currently am KCC Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition (that’s the political equivalent of starting on the shop floor.)
I love travel, reading, watercolour painting (badly), and spend a fortune buying garden plants to replace the ones that died or grew too big.
My association with the Eynsford Concert Band began when Brian Bennett asked me to help locate a venue for the first performance of “Herritage Suite” written by Dr. Nigel Clarke for the band. I thought it would be magical to perform the premiere of the piece which traces the history of West Malling, right where it all began – in the Abbey grounds. The performance subsequently took place in the fifteenth century chapel barn to a very enthusiastic audience. Unfortunately I wasnt among them due to my daughter having chosen this date for her wedding!
Over the following years I have worked with Brian and the band to bring more music to local schools, where instrumental tuition is struggling due to pressure of budget and curricilum. The lives of children can be so much enriched by enjoying playing, learning the skills of cooperation and discipline which this brings, and above all experiencing the limitless emotions which music can release. We are immensely lucky that the members of the band give up their time and commitment to bring such a high quality experience into our local schools.
I am delighted and very honoured to be asked to be an Honorary Patron of the band.