Concerts at The Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe

Music on a Sunday Afternoon presented by Bayle Music

In association with Folkestone Early Music and Folkestone New Music

Honorary Patron Mark Simpson

A Short History of Bayle Music

St Mary & St Eanswythe Church are pleased to announce a limited opening for private individual prayer on 6 days a week from Saturday 20 June. Opening hours will be: 12.30-1.30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. 10.30-1.30pm on Sunday.

We regret that we can't do more than this just yet, but hope to expand our opening times just as soon as we can. Access within the building will be restricted to the Nave.

Use of Hand Sanitizer and Social Distancing 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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Kindly Sponsored by
Partnership Working Team (Folkestone)

New 2019 - 2020 Season

Links to the programmes for Folkestone New Music and Folkestone Early Music

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


Saturday 21 March 12.30 and 2 pm

(St Eanswythe’s Church)

Folkestone Early Music

Talk and concert with Iestyn Davies,

countertenor, and Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Unfortunately this has been cancelled


Saturday 21 March 5 pm


Sandgate Road

Bach St John Passion

Unfortunately this has been cancelled owing to the Covid-19 virus pandemic

Sunday 19 April 3.30 pm

Alan Shellard and wind players from the Honourable Artillery Company

Director Alan Shellard Beethoven Septet

Postponed until later in the year


Friday 12 June 7.30 pm

Kammer Chor Rotterdam (Rotterdam Chamber Choir) Director Hanneke Verbeek

A programme of secular and sacred English music

Now postponed until a later date


Concert in church


  The Sacconi Festival*

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May 2020

As a result of the ongoing virus pandemic, the 2020 Sacconi Chamber Music Festival has been postponed until further notice. Please watch this site or follow the Sacconi link for the latest news.


Bayle Music Subscription Eight concerts Ł85 Individual concert tickets at door or by reservation Ł12.00 N.B.

Concerts marked * are NOT included in the subscription package

Further inquiries 01303 257 248

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.

St Eanswythe

Crowthers of Canterbury (Wind Instruments)

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