Concerts at The Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe

Music on a Saturday Afternoon presented by

Bayle Music in Association with Canterbury Music Club

Honorary President Rev. Dr. John Walker

Chairman: Ian Gordon

Concert Secretary: Prof. Grenville Hancox

Honorary Patron Mark Simpson

A Short History of Bayle Music

Our Sunday Eucharist and daily Morning Prayer will be broadcast on our Facebook Page and on our YouTube page at ‘St Eanswythe’ For links to these sites and further information please see our church website

During the current lockdown the church WILL BE OPEN DAILY for SILENT PRAYER ONLY at the following times

11 am – 1 pm Monday to Saturday.

Please note that Social Distancing and Hand Sanitising must be observed.


The Bayle, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1SW United Kingdom

A warm welcome awaits you in the beautiful space that is St Eanswythe’s Church, The Bayle, Folkestone CT201SW (consecrated 1138) Its magnificent acoustic together with the tranquil surrounds of the church, is very special, as so too are the artists appearing in this series. An exciting partnership is launched in this series between Bayle Music with Folkestone Early Music and Folkestone New Music offering performance of compositions from the seventeenth to twenty first centuries.

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With government restrictions, institutional indecision and changing policies across the board, we propose an alternative series of recitals following similar engagements by professional organisations similarly struggling to survive e.g. Glyndebourne opera.

In partnership with Canterbury Music Club, we will welcome musicians to perform live (appropriately socially distanced) in St Eanswythe's church Folkestone with its magnificent acoustic and beautiful backdrop - and possibly with a small socially distanced audience present in the church depending on current advice from church authorities. In a similar partnership, RVP video company will stream each recital live from the church using a dedicated Canterbury Music Club YouTube channel. There will be up to five cameras used with a mixing desk offering a multi-dimensional view of the performance together with high-end sound recording equipment ensuring a high quality transmission, which you will be able to see and listen to in the comfort of your home. As an insurance against internet problems during the live broadcast, each recital will be HD recorded for later viewing/ listening. Full programme details are available online at the Canterbury Music Club website We are extremely grateful to Fr John Walker, parish priest at St Mary & St Eanswythe and the churchwardens for their support in enabling this initiative to become a reality. Full details of the 2021-2022 season and the price of season and individual concert tickets will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, for information or queries, please contact Grenville Hancox by email at

Saturday 3 July 2021 3.00pm

Kentish Piano Trio

Kathy Shave · violin Julia Vohralik · cello Helen Crayford · piano

Beethoven · Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 1 Schubert · Notturno, Op. Post. 148 Beethoven · Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 ('Ghost')

New 2021-22 Season

Monday 27 September 7.30pm


Freddy Kempf piano and Sacconi Quartet

Saturday 23 October 3.00pm

'Sacconi Quintets' Outstanding young musicians perform movements from quintets

Saturday 21 November 3.30pm

Rachel Podger violin

Saturday 18 December 5.00pm

Bayle Cantata Handel Messiah

Directed by Grenville Hancox


Concert in church


Saturday 22 January 3.00pm

Dominic Degavino piano

Saturday 19 February 3.00pm

Salomé Quartet

Saturday 12 March 3.00pm

David Rees Williams piano Iain Bellamy saxophone

Saturday 23 April 3.00pm

Antara Duo Tom Hancox flute Rachel Wick harp

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Christian worship has been offered on or near this site since 630 AD when Eadbald, King of Kent, built a convent and church for his daughter Eanswythe - believed to be the first religious house with an abbess in the country. His father, King Ethelbert, had welcomed St Augustine and his monks in 597.  Eanswythe died in about 640 AD and was made a saint soon after. Her relics became a focus of pilgrimage and in 1138 were brought into the present church (the fourth to occupy this site) on 12 September - the date we still keep as our Patronal Festival.
In the 11th century the Priory was established but was suppressed like almost all the others, by Henry VIII in 1534 and the church entered a long period of neglect and decline.
Canon Matthew Woodward, vicar from 1851 to 1898, transformed it into the beautiful church you see today, with stained glass, murals and mosaics of the highest quality.

St Eanswythe

The Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe

  St Eanswythe's relics were re-discovered in 1885 during work in the Chancel and are now kept in niche behind a brass grill in the north wall of Sanctuary of the High Altar, close by Woodward's memorial brass plate. They provide an inspiring link with the far-off days of Pope Gregory and St Augustine and the return of Christianity to Britain 300 years after the Roman occupation ended.

On 6 March in the presence of the Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, Rev. Darren Miller Archdeacon of Ashford, Rev Dr John Walker, parish priest, the Mayor of Folkestone and a packed church Dr Andrew Richardson of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust announced that the detailed investigation of the relics carried out in January 2020 proved conclusively that they were the relics of St Eanswythe herself.

St Eanswythe

Crowthers of Canterbury (Wind Instruments)

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