Events Listing

2021 Festival: 26th July - 6th August

After the disappointment of having to cancel our 2020 Festival, we are thrilled to be able to host three fabulous outdoor performances – a complete departure from our normal format.

As well as the exciting outdoor performances, we are also pleased to offer the ever-popular free Morning Concerts and Organ Recitals. The morning concerts will take place during the first week of the festival with local musicians bringing us a variety of music. Three organ recitals will be performed at various churches in the area during the second week.

Bookings are now open

When you have decided which event(s) to attend, the easiest and recommended way to buy tickets is to use our Box Office service, operated by TicketSource. Please click this BOOK NOW image to get straight there!

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If you are unable to use the online booking service, or if you prefer, you can speak to the TicketSource Box Office Team over the phone to book. The number is 0333 666 3366. Please note that there is a Booking Fee of £1.80 per transaction, for this service.

Online/Telephone bookings are available up until Noon on the previous day before each event.

Covid-19 Update

At the outset we decided to make every effort to hold a scaled-down Arts Festival this year. Our guiding principle has been to adhere to all Covid-19 law and guidance so as to make the environment as safe as possible for audiences, performers, volunteers and organisers such that the events could be enjoyed by those participating whilst striving also to eliminate risk to the local community.

Whilst there has recently been some lockdown easement announced, the Arts Festival has decided to continue to follow its guiding principle and like many other local organisations and businesses to continue with 'social distancing', adhering to 'track & trace' information collection (via TicketSource or manual means) and to respectfully request the wearing of face coverings at indoor events, in the knowledge that Covid-19 cases are sharply rising nationally and locally. That decision means that the previously determined capacity limits for all events will not be increased.

We have some event-specific information here...

Outdoor Events

If there are any available tickets after online sales have closed, we will be selling these on the gate (subject to Covid guidance), from 90 minutes before each event; however, please check this website first, to see if the event is sold out before making an unnecessary journey.

For more information about attending our outdoor events, please see the Outdoor Events Info page; please also review our Terms & Conditions.

Morning Concerts

These concerts will have much reduced capacity to allow for socially distanced seating. Because of this, we are using TicketSource to enable pre-booking of the FREE tickets. If there are any available tickets after online sales have closed, we will be allowing unbooked entry on the day (subject to Covid guidance), from 30 minutes before each event; however, please check this website first, to see if the event is sold out before making an unnecessary journey. If you book and subsequently find that you will not be able to attend the concert, do please let us know. This will enable us to offer those places to others on the day, to maximise the restricted capacity of the church. Please email us at .

Note that we do respectfully request the wearing of face coverings at all times while in the church, including during the performance. Note also that we will not be offering refreshments in the church this year.

Organ Recitals

Currently, we are not planning to use pre-booking for these recitals, but there could be reduced capacities at the venues, so it would be advisable to arrive in plenty of time. These plans may change, so do check back here nearer the time.

Other info

For other enquiries, please contact us at , or phone our enquiry line on .

Please note that unlike previous years, tickets will not be available from John Thomas Florist (Church Stretton).

Events that have already happened will be found at the bottom of the list, should you wish to refer to them.

St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

FREE

Tickets available on door
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Piano duets played by Gill Styles and Richard Walker. Today’s programme includes Czerny’s rarely-heard but splendid Grande Sonate Brillante, written when Schubert and Beethoven were at their zenith, and has all the excitement you could wish for.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

FREE

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We end the week in a lighter mood with a jazz ensemble headed by Peter Parkinson.
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Illyria – HMS Pinafore

Rectory Field, Church Stretton

7pm

Adult £18, Student* £9

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Illyria – HMS Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan's wonderful comic opera cheerfully mocks such Great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy. Come and experience the complete Illyria treatment, performed on a beautiful nautical set.
"Top notch outdoor theatre" The Telegraph
Please note that this event is fully booked and so we will not be selling any tickets on the day
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Kabantu

Rectory Field, Church Stretton

4pm

Adult £18, Student* £9

Tickets Available
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Kabantu
This unique Manchester-based collective return to the Festival, defying genre to embrace sheer joy in music from all over the globe as they play, sing and improvise. Following their highly successful appearance at the 2017 Festival we expect a lively, exciting and entertaining performance.
"Utterly brilliant" Georgia Mann, BBC Proms
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All Saints’ Church, Little Stretton

12noon

FREE

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Today's organist is Shaun Turnbull (Blackburn)
The Green Dragon will be open from 11am for coffee before and lunch after the recital.
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Boxtree Productions – Alice in Wonderland

Rectory Field, Church Stretton

2pm

Adult £15, Student* £9.50
Family** £42

Tickets Available
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Boxtree Productions – Alice in Wonderland
Join us for this musical extravaganza as Boxtree Productions present their own fun version of the Lewis Carroll classic! Expect larger-than-life characters and humour to appeal to the whole family.
"Wonderful production yesterday, it was a real pleasure to welcome such a professional, talented and enthusiastic cast." Simon Orr, Hedingham
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St James’ Church, Cardington

12noon

FREE

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Today's organist is Michael Oakley (St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow)
Coffee will be served in the Village Hall opposite the church from 11.15am, and the Royal Oak will be serving lunches.
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St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton

12noon

FREE

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Today's organist is Richard Walker (St Chad’s, Shrewsbury and Little Stretton)
There are numerous cafés and restaurants in the town, a short walking distance from the church.
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Past Events:

St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

FREE

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A spectacular start to the Morning Concert series with Catherine Rooney (soprano), Wendy Jones (trumpet) and Richard Walker (piano). The programme will include Bach’s famous cantata: Jauchzet Gott – Bach’s writing at its most exciting.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

FREE

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A rare chance to hear the late-Romantic Hungarian composer Dohnanyi’s Sextet, with Gill Styles (piano), Claire Tocknell (violin), Mary Porter (viola), Jane Annette (cello), Mark Tocknell (clarinet) and Lizzi Tocknell (horn).
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

FREE

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Music for 5 horns presented by French Horn ConneXion ranging from the Renaissance to jazz.
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St Laurence’s Church

10.15am

FREE

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Another chance to hear baritone Paul Mocroft with pianist John Jenkin. Paul and John are regular guests at our series, and always offer stimulating and entertaining programmes.
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* Age 4+ or under 23 in full time education
** Family ticket is for 2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children

Events are subject to change without notice.