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Canterbury Festival final weekend of shows and concerts including family friendly circus, recitals and comedy

By Angela Cole

By the time the last note is played and artistic flourish is made this weekend, this year’s Canterbury Festival will have seen more than 200 shows in three weeks.

The Kent International Arts Festival has featured almost every genre from circus to dance, cabaret, theatre and varied styles of music.

The final day sees family-friendly shows, comedy and a symphony of musicians taking to stages across the city for a festival crescendo.

Violinist Tasmin Little will be at the Canterbury Festival
Violinist Tasmin Little will be at the Canterbury Festival

On Saturday, November 4, violinist Madeleine Mitchell holds a violin recital at St Gregory’s Centre for Music at 1.30pm. The renowned musician will be playing works by British composers in early 20th century romantic style, plus a work from her new album Violin Muse, which was specially written for her. Tickets are £11.25.

Later that evening, Tasmin Little will join the English Chamber Orchestra and Canterbury Choral Society as soloist at Canterbury Cathedral for We Looked for Peace.

The concert will feature the music of teacher Stanford and pupil Vaughan Williams and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £13.25.

Also on Saturday, November 4, Alex Mendham and his Orchestra play Shirley Hall at 7.30pm and the Salvation Army are in concert with the William Booth Memorial Halls Band at Augustine Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16.25 and £11.50 respectively.

Hamish Stuart will be performing
Hamish Stuart will be performing

At 9.30pm on Saturday, November 4 the Hamish Stuart Band play the festival Spiegeltent.

Hamish has worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin and written songs for George Benson and Diana Ross, as well as touring with Chaka Kahn. Tickets for the show are £19.25.

American comedian Rich Hall plays a sell-out show at Shirley Hall in Canterbury on Friday, November 3.

Rich Hall
Rich Hall

For families, head to the Spiegeltent on Saturday, November 4 for the Greatest Little Show On Earth at 2pm. The family-friendly circus extravaganza will be a highlight for all ages this weekend. Tickets cost £8.

Not long left to catch the Tapestry of Light in Canterbury
Not long left to catch the Tapestry of Light in Canterbury

And there’s your final chance to catch The Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination on show at the Cathedral Chapter House and featuring the largest neon tapestry ever known, made up of 14 panels and is 36m long and 3m high. The exhibition is free to enter but normal entry charges to the precincts will apply.


The Canterbury Festival 2017 runs until Saturday, November 4 at venues in and around Canterbury. For details, a full programme, and to book tickets visit canterburyfestival.co.uk

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