Stour Music

21 to 30 June 2024

Fireworks, Flamenco, Alehouse, a Handel opera and great choral music – what a way to spend a few days in a (normally) quiet country church on the Pilgrims’ Way between Ashford and Canterbury.

Weekend 1 starts with a pair of concerts – rhapsodic early harp/soprano, then Fiesta Flamenco with some of Spain’s most flamboyant dancers. Saturday is Handel with Anna Dennis joining a large orchestra for opera arias and Handel’s Fireworks, followed by the real thing outside and Coward Cabaret in the tent.  On Sunday Festival Director Robert Hollingworth conducts a sumptuous concert of choral music from Lassus to Joanna Marsh.  

The following weekend features Handel’s Orlando (staged) and a double bill of one of Europe’s hottest early music acts – the Scandanavian wild boys of Barokksolistene with ‘Purcell’s Playground’ followed by the now infamous ‘Alehouse’.  Haydn’s windband mass brings things to a calmer close on the final Sunday.

Founded by counter-tenor Alfred Deller in 1962 and now under the artistic direction of I Fagiolini’s Robert Hollingworth, Stour Music Festival occurs each year in late June; ten concerts take place in the large Pilgrim church of All Saints’ Boughton Aluph, Kent.


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For more information contact: Sue Davison, Festival Administrator 01233 732280 07734 362505