Concerts at The Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe
The Bayle, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1SW United Kingdom
Music on a Sunday Afternoon presented by Bayle Music
Kindly Sponsored by
Mr David Brown

Sunday Afternoon concerts will start at 3.30 pm unless otherwise stated.

Tickets £12 per concert.

Season Ticket £72 - seven concerts for the price of six.

Sixth Season 2017-18


A programme of events to celebrate the 880th anniversary of the moving of the relics of Folkestone’s Patron Saint, Eanswythe, into what is now the Chancel of the Parish Church on

12 September 1138

Full Programme

Saturday 15 September at 7.30 pm

The Eanswythe Festival Strings in a programme including Elgar's Serenade for Strings, Mozart's 'Eine kleine Nachtsmusik' and Holst's St Paul's Suite.

The Eanswythe Festival Strings is an ensemble of London professionals formed especially for this concert under the direction of Alan Shellard.

Tickets £15


Concert in church

Sunday 16 September

International Concert Pianist Philip Dyson in a programme of popular piano works including Beethoven 'Moonlight Sonata', Debussy 'Claire de Lune', Chopin Fantasy-Impromptu and pieces by Tchaikovsky, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin and others.

Tickets £15

Concerts begin at 3.30 pm. Tickets cost £12 and are on sale at the door from 3 pm or reserved in advance by calling 01303 257 248 by midday the preceding Saturday.

Children and students in full-time education are admitted free.

Photographs of the installation of 100 boats by HEW LOCKE in St Eanswythe to commemorate
For Those In Peril On The Sea

Why not consider becoming a Bayle Music Patron?
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors.
However, the Bayle Music committee is keen for the concerts to become financially self-supporting as soon as is possible. To that end we are again inviting people to consider becoming a Bayle Music Patron. Each Patron will be guaranteed a reserved seat for each Bayle Music concert and be invited to an End of Season reception. Patron's names will appear in the Bayle Music programme and in the annual brochure. A payment of £120 would secure your Patron's status for a season. Please contact Ian Gordon for full details.

Ian's contact details:
Email: Telephone 01303 257 248

About St Eanswythe and Folkestone's old Parish Church

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'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.

St Eanswythe

East Bridge Chorale
Crowthers of Canterbury (Wind Instruments)

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