Winchelsea Arts 2021

The Ancient Town of Winchelsea, part of the Cinque Port Confederation, is an historical, architectural and environmental gem; set on a hill overlooking Romney Marsh and the English Channel, protected by its status as a conservation area, yet easily accessible by the motor car and public transport. For some two centuries, the town has been a magnet for writers, artists and musicians, drawn by its charm, peace and inspiration. Central to these qualities and geographically central to the Town itself is the Church of St Thomas the Martyr.

This Church, of which only the choir nave remains of a much more extensive early 14th century structure, contains magnificent monuments, a unique collection of stained glass windows by Douglas Strachan and features excellent acoustics. These attributes make the Church a perfect venue for concerts. 

Musicians from the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music
Sunday 27th June at 4pm

Britten - Selection from Suite No. 1 for 'Cello, Op. 72
Elgar - Violin Sonata, Op. 82
Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 66

At long last, Winchelsea Arts concerts can resume. On Sunday 27th June at 4pm, three talented young students from the Royal College of Music Junior Department will play for us at St Thomas’. Natalie Bhak (violin) and Calvin Leung (piano) will perform Elgar’s Violin Sonata Op.82. Riya Hamie will join them in Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.2 Op.66, and she will also play movements from Britten’s Suite No.1 for Cello Op.72.

This concert was originally scheduled for 15th May but, as you will be aware, four of the concerts scheduled for the 2020-21 season were inevitably cancelled. We very much hope to include the cancelled performers in the 2021-22 season. The new season will be launched on 27th June when booking will open.

£18 single ticket (including a glass of wine)
£30 double ticket (including a glass of wine)

Covid restrictions for Sunday 27th June

For the comfort and safety of all concert goers, the following arrangements will be in place -

Tickets should not be printed and entry will be granted by quoting the booker’s name, or if you prefer displaying the ticket on a mobile device.
You will be allocated an arrival slot by surname to allow for social distancing
Masks will need to be worn throughout the concert.
Seating will be arranged to allow for socially distanced bubbles of single or double seats. Double seats will be for audience members from the same household, which can be extended for up to six people from the same household, purchased in single or double units.

In order to reserve tickets for an extended bubble of more than two and up to six people, please book in the normal way and confirm in writing via an email to

Double tickets can also be reserved by those from single adult households who would like to attend with their support bubble.

The concert will last for just over 60 minutes and the two halves will be separated by a short pause during which you will be asked to remain seated.

Wine will be served at the door and ticket holders will be required to take their seats as soon possible after their arrival.

Toilet facilities will be severely limited due to social distancing regulations.

Patrons; Sir David Bell, Richard Lester
Roxanna Panufnik

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