ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: STEPHEN COLES
The Tudeley Festival was formed in all but name in 1985 to raise funds for the Pembury Hospital Scanner and then since 1987 has promoted 240 events based from the world famous Chagall church of All Saints', Tudeley. Certain concerts are earmarked as specific fund raising events. In the early days, monies were raised to improve the facilities at the venue itself including upgrading the car park, building the new organ and the conversion of a farm building into the Dr. Arnold Cooke Hall. Three period instruments were also achieved with a Lottery Award as part of the hall project, so the festival now boasts its own keyboard collection. These are hired out locally and further afield at very competitive rates. Over twenty-five years, some £260,000 has been raised for charitable purposes and the provision of the keyboard instruments.
Since 1997, the Tudeley Festival has concentrated entirely on period performance and has been described in the local press as offering events of uncompromising excellence.