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Welcome to the website of the Friends of St Leonard's Church at Hythe in Kent.

Here you can find out about the Friends of St Leonard's and particularly the programme of concerts and other performances which the Friends organise throughout the year.

Honorary committee members and key contacts

  • President - Rev. Andrew Sweeney 
  • Chairman - Terry Whybrow
  • Treasurer - Graham Johnson
  • Secretary - Jean Wood
  • Concert Manager - Brin Hughes

For more information about the Friends of St Leonard’s Church please contact Brin Hughes. See Contacts.

Friends Newsletter

The 2019 Newsletter can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

Concert Programme for 2020

Date & time

Prices [special price for Friends of St Leonard's ]



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Saturday 28 March
£10 [£8]
(In support of Hythe Dementia Awareness Forum)
Canterbury Music Makers
Steve Wassell (Conductor),
Sarah Ovenden (Flute)
Chaminade Flute Concertino in D Major
Sibelius Finlandia
Cork A Man of Kent (suite for small orchestra)
Mussorgsky (movements from) Pictures at an Exhibition
Beethoven Turkish March (from The Ruins of Athens)
Vaughan Williams 49th Parallel
Bacharach medley of popular pieces
Friday 10 April
(Good Friday)
Retiring collection Shepway Singers Good Friday Devotions: prayers, readings and English Passiontide music including Ireland Greater love and Ex ora innocentium.

7.30pm Stainer The Crucifixion with Paul Young (Tenor), Nigel Brookes (Baritone),
Tim Parsons (Organ)
Saturday 25 April
£21 & £15 Primavera Chamber Ensemble Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D667 (Trout Quintet)
Grainger Handel in the Strand
Mendelssohn Octet in E flat major, Op 20
Friday 1 May
£20 Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band “A unique force in British folk music – high-energy virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something experimental.” BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Wednesday 13 May
12 noon
£7 [£6] The Art of Folk Song: Spain, Italy and Greece’
Marina Karagianni (Soprano), Panaretos Kyriatzidis (Piano)
De Falla 7 Canciones populares Españolas
Lavilla 4 Canciones vascas
Berio 4 Canzoni Popolari
Konstantinidis Greek folk songs
Friday 29 May
12 noon
£7 [£6] Adam Jarman (Bass),
Matthew King (Piano)
Finzi Before and After Summer
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel
Thursday 11 June
£12 [£10] Simon Hogan (Organ) J.S. Bach arr. Dupré Sinfonia from Cantata 29
Franck Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op 18
Jarvis Gigue
Bairstow Evening Song
Parry Fantasia and Fugue in G
Vierne Symphony No 1
Wednesday 17 June
12 noon
£7 [£6] 'Songs of Nature, Songs of Love’ Christine Cunnold (Soprano), Maya Soltan (Piano ) A journey of love told through favourite art songs and poems, including Burns, Heine, Rosetti and Hugo, with music by Schumann, Fauré, Britten and Rachmaninoff, interwoven with the atmospheric background of Debussy’s Piano Preludes and Tchaikovsky’s Seasons.    
Hythe Festival 2020 ❀ JAM on the Marsh 2020
Thursday 2 July
£18 The Choir of Durham Cathedral, Onyx Brass Joseph Beech (Organ), Daniel Cook (Conductor) Handel Coronation Anthems
Dove The Far Theatricals of Day
Dove MIssa Brevis
Saturday 4 July
£12 Folkestone Choral Society Haydn Salve Regina in G minor
Haydn Stabat Mater
Handel Queen of Sheba
Vivaldi Double Oboe Concerto
Sunday 5 July
£15 [£13] The Grier Duo: Indira Grier (Cello), Francis Grier (Piano) Beethoven Sonata in C major, Op 102, No 1
Grier ‘Out of the Deep’ and ‘Bravura’
Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op70
Brahms Sonata in E minor, Op 38
Monday 6 July
£12 [£10] Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra    
(To be confirmed) Saturday 11 July
Free ‘Come and Play’ with Michael Bawtree    
Sunday 12 July
Retiring collection ‘Raise the Roof’ with Hythe Town Concert Band Favourite hymns for all.  
Saturday 1 August
£10 [£8] George Hoffman (Piano) and Jolly White (Drums) Jazz Duo ‘Tea for Two’ – smooth lounge jazz  
Saturday 8 August, 6.00pm £10 [£8] Jonathan Pilgrim (Assistant Organist, Brecon Cathedral) French organ music by Vierne, Duruflé, Boellmann and others  
Sunday 23 August
£12 [£10] Icknield Trio: Anna Le Hair (Piano), Arwen Newband (Violin), Sarah Boxall (Cello) Mozart Piano Trio in G major K496
Ireland Phantasie for Piano Trio
Brahms Piano Trio No 2 in C major, Op 87
Thursday 3 September
12 noon
£7 [£6] Molly Parsons-Gurr (Cello), Jennifer Carter (Piano) Franck Cello Sonata in A major
Piazzolla Le Grand Tango 
Ponce Estrellita
Saturday 12 September
£15 [£12] David Rees-Williams (Piano and Organ),
Iain Ballamy (Saxophone)
Ian Crowther (Oboe)
‘A Musical Tapestry’  
Saturday 19 September
£10 [£8] Nathan Winters (Clarinet),
Eralys Fernandez (Piano)
Ireland Fantasy Sonata
Bliss Pastoral
Horovitz Sonatina  
Sunday 4 October
£12 [£10] Narropera:
Dorothee Jansen (Soprano),
Floriane Peycelon (Violin)
Haydn Rawstron (Piano and Narrator)
Weber Der Freischütz (The Devil’s Marksman)    
Wednesday 7 October
12 noon
£7 [£6] Violins Two!
Mark Butler, Iva Fleischhansová (Violins)
Vivaldi Sonata in G major for Two Violins RV71
Nečasová Nardelli The Way of Silence
Makris Duet for Two Violins (Little Milton on the Beach)
Rawsthorne Theme and Variations for Two Violins
Mozart Alla Turca (Allegro from Piano Sonata in A major, K331)
Thursday 29 October
12 noon
£7 [£6] Oliver Nelson (Violin),
Vasilis Rakitzis (Piano)
Ravel Sonata Posthume
Beethoven Sonata in G major No 10, Op 96
Fauré Sonata No 1 in A major, Op 13  
Saturday 14 November
£12 [£10] Shepway Singers and Amberley Orchestra Vivaldi and the Italian Baroque including Gloria, Magnificat, and Dixit Dominus
[Sponsored by the Onward Trust]  
Friday 11 December
£4.00   Come and sing your favourite carols. Followed by tea and cakes  
Saturday 19 December
Retiring collection Shepway Singers, St Leonard’s Church Choirs & Hythe Girls Choir ‘Carols for All’
Followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Recent Concerts

Carols for all 2019 Come and sing carols 2019 Hythe festival 2019 poster
Shepway Singers poster 2019 FCO poster Canterbury Choristers poster
Classical Folk 21 sept 19 Preston 14 sept 19 Narropera
Poetry 2019 Morgan Dullea JOTM 2019 poster
Noyes Fludde Eclectics Primavera poster
Marina Adrian Oldland David Flood poster
Ron and Rab poster
Ukes concert 2 March 19