Concerts at The Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe

Music on a Saturday Afternoon presented by

Honorary President Rev. Dr. John Walker

Chairman: Ian Gordon

Concert Secretary: Prof. Grenville Hancox

Honorary Patron Mark Simpson

Bayle Music

Our Sunday Eucharist 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

St Mary and St Eanswythe Church will be open to visitors and for silent prayer 11.00am to 1.00pm Wednesday to Saturday.

Everyone is welcome to visit this significant historic church.

Finding Eanswythe: The life and afterlife of an Anglo-Saxon saint

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.

Welcome to Bayle Music!

Sounds Folkestone Website
Bayle Music Kindly Sponsored by
Chistina and Norman Brisk
Atherton Grassroots Fund


As the 2022-23 season gets underway, once again, Bayle Music is extremely grateful to Fr John Walker, Parish Priest at St Mary & St Eanswythe’s and the Churchwardens for their support and encouragement in the presentation of our concerts.

As restrictions on social gatherings are lifted, we will dispense with social distancing for audiences and recommend, but not demand, that masks be worn. We also ask that those who are not double vaccinated should have a negative Covid test in the 48 hours prior to the concert.

Concert Programme 2023

Saturday 15th April

The Grand, The Leas

Alex Rider (Harp)

Alex Rider presents a programme of music for harp

Admission is Ł15 on the day or; in advance by following the Bayle Music link on the Sounds Folkestone website here

Bayle Music season tickets are valid whatever the venue.

Please use the north entrance

Sacconi Festival Programme 2023

Friday 19 May at 7.00pm

St Eansywthe's Church

Sacconi Quartet

Caroline Shaw - Entr’acte

Haydn - String Quartet in B minor, Op.64, No. 2

Jonathan Dove – String Quartet, Vanishing Gold

Dvorák – String Quartet in G major, Op. 106

Saturday 20 May at 7.00pm

Eansywthe's Church

Sacconi Quartet & RCM Chamber Orchestra

Steve Reich - Clapping Music

Arvo Pärt - Cantus in memoriam

Benjamin Britten Arvo Pärt - Fratres Jessie Montgomery - Strum

Barber – Adagio for Strings

Dvorák – American String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 (for String Orchestra)

Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances


Concert in church

Saturday 20 May at 9.30pm

Quarterhouse, Tontine Street, Folkestone

Alice Zawadzki (vocals, violin) and Fred Thomas (piano, d.bass)

Jazz vocals and instrumentals

Sunday 21 May at 3.00pm

St Eanswythe's Church

Guest pianist Tom Poster with members of the Sacconi Quartet

Robert Schumann - Fünf Stücke im Volkston for cello and piano, Op. 102

Clara Schumann - Three Romances for Violin and Piano

Robert Schumann - Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 47

Sunday 21 May at 7.00pm

St Eanswythe's Church

Tom Poster & Sacconi Quartet

Beethoven – String Quartet in F major, Op. 135

Britten – String Quartet No.3, in G major, Op. 94

Dohnányi - Piano Quintet No. 1, in C minor, Op. 1

Tickets for Sacconi Concerts


All enquiries for Bayle Music

07723 767 624

Tickets for Bayle Music Concerts are £15 unless otherwise stated.

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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 preserved in a 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 150 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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