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Awards Ceremony Photography in Kingston

The faces change from year to year, but their unlimited energy and enthusiasm remains just the same. It was the annual Rose Youth Theatre awards ceremony, one of my regular bookings. “They love it when you play the paparazzi.” Ciaran O’Connell, the theatre’s Director of Learning and Participation told me. I stand at the end of the red carpet and snap them as they arrive at the theatre dressed up in the best outfits. “Come on, look this way! Smile for the camera!“ Great fun. Last year Cairan adapted and directed ‘Wind in Willows’ and he’s doing ‘Alice in Winterland’ for this Christmas. Members of the Youth Theatre perform alongside the professional cast, a fantastic opportunity for any kids with acting ambitions. And probably good box office once all the friends and family have bought tickets.

Last year’s awards

Cairan’s blog about Wind in the Willows

Election Hustings in Kingston

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The candidates for election to represent the Kingston and Surbiton constituency in Parliament.The Principal of Kingston College, Peter Mayhew-Smith in the centre.

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Labour candidate Laurie South addressing a question. Green Party candidate Chris Walker works on his shopping list.

It’s election time and the candidates in Kingston and Surbiton constituency have gathered together for a hustings organised by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, apart from the Monster Raving Loonie Party candidate, who’s ill.

As you see, together the parties have selected a representative group of people. That’s if you ignore the women and ethnic minorities of Kingston and Surbiton, and people with disabilities. Oh, and the young people.

Strong and stable James Berry promises a Tory Brexit that will be sweet as honey and smell of roses.

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Independent candidate, Michael Basman takes a moment to dream up some policies.

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Graham remembers someone saying something about £350,000,000 a week for the NHS.

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We’ll now sing hymn number 135, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’….

James Berry is a true-blue Tory, but his impression of James the Red Engine (Thomas the Tank Engine, W. Audrey) is just brilliant.

You’re Laurie South. Labour Party candidate. Not a teapot.

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“Can I get fries with that?”

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‘Did I mention I was once a Government Minister?’

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‘Three men walked into a pub, a Tory, a Trotsky and a member of the Social Democratic Party’…

The meeting was in Kingston College and the discussion was business orientated. Naturally, it dwelled on the challenge of Brexit. Although nothing new was said, at least one candidate seemed intent on polishing the blemish on their Party’s image!

Notwithstanding my faintly sarcastic tone, the event was a very worthwhile part of the democratic process.

Breakfast Muffins in the Mayor’s Parlour – Business Event in Kingston

On the desk of the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames – books to makes sure he knows his place…

Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s latest networking breakfast event was in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.  I had to go and have a look – just too tempting for a nosey person like me.  You always meet some interesting people at these well-attended events, and you find out about their many great business ideas!

New Hotel in Kingston and a Nice Place for a Networking Event

I love a nice hotel. There’s a charming, boutique establishment on a back-street in the Marias, Paris we’re very fond off. But there’s something about a big, grand hotel that’s rather wonderful. Kingston-upon-Thames is about to get one of those. The Doubletree by Hilton is opening soon, and Kingston Chamber of Commerce held a networking breakfast in the new hotel’s Sopwith Suite. Kingston’s aviation heritage has given a theme to the hotel, they’ve used the names and photographs of old Hawker aeroplanes. The purpose-built structure went up seven years ago, but was mothballed by the then owners. Under new owners, it’s been  finished it to a very high standard, king size beds, giant TVs and a carpet with a design based on an aerial view of Kingston. It’ll be a great place for a meeting over a coffee or a bite to eat. And I’m not just saying that because I got a free breakfast! And a chocolate muffin. And a pain au raisin. 

“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.

Singers Perform for Charity – Event Photography

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Karl Jenkins, listening to his work, ‘The Armed Man’. His said he liked the sound resonating around the Kempton Park grandstand..

Hundreds of choristers, an orchestra and a band assembled at Kempton Park one blustery Sunday morning to rehearse and perform Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man –  A Mass for Peace’. It was to raise money for the hospice movement, one I was happy to support with photography of the event. I’d heard them perform this magnifcent work before, so I was pleased to have the chance to hear it again. But the best treat was meeting the composer Karl Jenkins. He was speaking via a PA system to the singers and musicians when I arrived. I wish I’d got there 10 minutes earlier. Then he stood quietly to one side, in his greatcoat and behind his even greater moustache listening to his music.

The rehearsals went on all morning, then just before lunch the choir and orchestra were joined by the the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company who were to play some ‘national’ anthems before the main piece. A military band make’s a stirring sound and they got a great round of applause from the choir after their rehearsal.
Despite the chilly breeze blowing around the grandstand, the enthusiasm of the choir was was undiminished.  The Band of the Honourable Artillery Company put on their uniform marched in, a splendid sight!DSC_7359DSC_7355DSC_7362Militery Band Richmond event photographer

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Musical Director of Voices for Hospices, John Sutton, rehearses the choir with the band.

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Major Glen takes his lead from John.

audience event photographyYou can spot the serious music appreciation, it’s the people listening with an open score!