19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Chapter House Reception And Exhibition 940 X 380

Vice Presidents are private patrons and benefactors who wish to have a closer relationship with the Festival. They receive exclusive privileges and invitations throughout the year and enjoy hospitality and complimentary tickets during the Festival.


To find out more information about becoming a Vice President contact Amanda McKean, Development Manager, 01227 452853 or email Amanda@canterburyfestival.co.uk


Canterbury Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Vice Presidents:



Brigadier and Mrs Maurice Atherton

Professor Stephen Bann

Mrs James Bird

Mr Timothy Brett

Mr and Mrs Graham & Maggie Brown

Mr and Mrs Martin & Virginia Conybeare

Dr Kate Neales and Mr Peter Cox

Cllr and Mrs Nick and Monica Eden-Green

Mrs Jane Edred Wright

Mr and Mrs Alan and Diana Forrest

David and Cilla Freud

Mr and Mrs Diane and Charles Gaskain

Mrs Romy de Gelsey

Mr and Mrs Peter and Sally Hawkes

Mr Andrew Ironside

Mr and Mrs George and Christine Kennedy

Mr and Mrs Roddy and Caroline Loder-Symonds

Mr and Mrs James and Jane Loudon

Mr and Mrs David and Mimi Macfarlane

Mr and Mrs Ian and Juliet Odgers

Mr Richard Oldfield

Mr and Mrs David and Alicia Pentin

Jane Plumptre

Mr and Mrs John and Julia Plumptre

Mr and Mrs Paul and Patricia Smallwood

Mr and Mrs Michael and Sue Stanford-Tuck

David Starkey

Peter Stevens

Mr Richard Sturt CBE

Mrs Fiona Sunley

Lady Swire

Mrs Camilla Swire

Lady Juliet Tadgell

Mrs Jo Taylor Williams

Mrs Loba Van der Bilj

Mr and Mrs Charles and Sally Villiers

Mr Stuart Wheeler

Sir Robert and Lady Worcester KBE

Mrs Jo Taylor Williams

Mr and Mrs Evelyn and Scilla Wright

Platinum Supporters


The Canterbury Festival is also greatly indebted to its Platinum Supporters, who help to support the Festival and provide a stable financial base for the Festival’s work. 

To become a Platinum Supporter the Festival asks for a commitment to donate a minimum of £500 each year, for a term of four years.  

Benefits include:

  • two invitations to the Festival Exhibition Private View
  • two tickets to the Sponsors and Supporters reception and event during the Festival
  • two further complimentary tickets across the Festival programme
  • Advanced mailing of the brochure and priority booking dealt with personally by the Festival’s Development Manager.
  • Friends’ newsletters keeping you up-to-date with the Festival and Friends’ events throughout the year.
  • Due recognition in the Canterbury Festival Brochure which has a circulation of 60,000, a listed entry on the Festival website and a listed entry in the nightly programmes for the Festival.


Contact Amanda McKean, Development Manager, on amanda@canterburyfestival.co.uk for more information.


David Pentin

I Support Beacause...

David is a well-known member of the Canterbury community having worked as an accountant in the city for many years. David has also been Lord Mayor of Canterbury as well as Treasurer and Chairman of 


Canterbury Festival. Among other charitable work, in 2003 he and his wife, Alicia spent 6 months in India helping the poor living in rural areas of Andhra Pradesh to access better health care. David and Alicia are avid Festival goers and support the Festival with an annual donation as Vice Presidents. Read more...