The Plaxtol Music Festival is a bi-annual event held primarily in Plaxtol Church, an ideal building for music with its high ceiling and wide aisle.
Although based around the classical music repertoire, the festival usually includes a jazz or operatic event in the local hall or in a resident’s garden, and sometimes there is a literary element. The opening event in the 2010 festival, for example, was given by Prunella Scales and Timothy West. The 2013 festival included an opera gala evening in a local resident’s garden on a glorious summer’s evening.
Over the years a host of famous faces have performed in Plaxtol including Julian Lloyd Webber, Tasmin Little, Marisa Robles, Evelyn Glennie, Gervase de Peyer, Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake, John Amis and David Flood (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Canterbury Cathedral) as well as the official harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales.
The 2013 festival was a great success with concerts full or nearly full and over £2000 raised for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
Highlights included concerts by the acclaimed cellist Guy Johnston and the Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral, both seen below.
The festival is entirely voluntary with all proceeds after costs donated to Plaxtol Church. In 2013 Demelza Hospice Care for Children also received a donation. In addition, the Friends of Plaxtol Church organise all the refreshments for each event.
More details can be found on www.plaxtolfestival.co.uk. The next festival will be in 2017 or 2018 depending on when the building works in the church have been completed.