19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Top Picks

Check out these top picks at the Canterbury Festival


The 2018 Canterbury Festival is just less than a week away. With over 200 events across 2 weeks, there’s bound to be something for you!

Check out our top picks below:


Hunky vocal sextet The King’s Singers perform a cappella, and prove how emotionally charged the human voice in close harmony can be. Expect a moving collection of their greatest hits – and more – in a concert titled ‘Gold’, celebrating 50 years since the group formed. (Tuesday 30 October, Shirley Hall, 7.30pm). Book here >>


Why is it that the human voice is so powerful?

Top rock critic Nick Coleman’s Cathedral Lodge talk (Wednesday 24 October, Cathedral Lodge, 8pm) is based on his highly acclaimed book, Voices: how a Great Singer can Change your Life. Interviewed by writer and journalist Fiona Sturges, Nick gives an intellectual structure to the emotional effect of rock vocalists. Expect to hear examples of the best of the late-great Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Mick Jagger. Who knows, your life could be changed, too…  Book here >>


Jazz:  On the Beat

Don’t miss the greatest big band singer in the UK, the glorious Matt Ford who belts, swings and croons with the best. Catch him backed by the Tippett Quartet in Close to You for the classiest night of the Festival. (Thursday 1 November, Shirley Hall, 7.30pm)  Book here >>


TALK: Journey through Conflict: From Then until Now – Sunday 28 October, 7.30pm, Shirley Hall, The King’s School.

Commemorating the Centenary of the end of WW1, Major General Andy Salmon (rtd) CMG OBE, leads us through a unique event, charting the experiences of servicemen & women in conflict from WW1 through to WW2, the Troubles and to recent campaigns, including Iraq and Afghanistan. This artistic performance features renowned one-handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy, whose performance of Left-Hand Alone repertoire arranged for injured service personnel following WW1, is fused with the artwork, voices, poetry and stories of our veterans’ personal journey through conflict, injury and rehabilitation. Told with unflinching honesty, grit and humour, their courage and bravery is both uplifting and inspiring. Book here >>


South American Way – Sunday 28th October, 2.30pm

Love Latin? Spend your Sunday dancing the afternoon away with the Ragroof Players. Forget about the autumn days and immerse yourself into the Latin culture of rumba, mambo and samba. You’ll be King or Queen of Bota Fogos before you know it! Young or old, experienced or novice, everyone is guaranteed a fabulous time. Book here>> 



Släpstick: Physical comedy and virtuoso musicianship combine in Släpstick (Tuesday 23 October, 7.30pm, Marlowe Theatre).

Drawing inspiration from the silent cinema stars of yesteryear, Släpstick is suitable for kids, big kids and anyone in need of cheering up. Having travelled to the Festival specially all the way from Holland, this very funny show for all the family is bound to be an international highlight. Book now >>



Join four hilarious comics in Off The Kerb presents, Comedy Club to round off the Festival on Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm at The Shirley Hall.

Jake Lambert has been supporting Seann Walsh, Tom Allen & Canterbury favourite Rob Beckett in the past year. His accolades include the final of Amused Moose 2016, semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015, not to mention a resident writer for 8 out of 10 Cats and Mock The Week.

Joanne McNally burst onto the Irish comedy scene in 2014 and quickly became Ireland’s fastest rising comedy star with her energetic performing and presenting technique.  She has just completed her debut comedy hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving outstanding reviews for her natural storytelling and ability to charm the audience.

Marlon Davis, a bright young comedian, improviser and actor. His act is inspired from his upbringing, exploring urban Britain and tackling its social issues with skilful characterisations.  You may have seen him supporting Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr on tour.

Phil Jerrod began his stand-up career underneath an Angus Steakhouse in 2012. Since then he has failed his PhD, walked out of his job in publishing and been entertaining audiences up and down the country with his elegant rants on the often unfathomable problems of modern life.

This show is one not to miss with some hilariously witty and clever comics. Book here >>


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