The 2019 Maldon Festival Main Programme

Come and Sing

Date: Friday 21st June Afternoon

Venue: St Mary’s Church

Cost: FREE

Rehearsal (Community, Schools and Students)

Silent Movie, Live Music

Date: Tuesday 25th June

Venue: All Saints Church

Cost: £12.50

Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus and A Dog’s Life
Accompanied by live improvised organ by Jonathan Eyre, one of the UK’s foremost theatre organ players.

Dido & Bernstein

Date: Wednesday 26th June

Venue: Braxted Park

Cost: £15.00

Hand Made Opera: Aspiring young singers  Sponsored by the Brewery

Blondel: All of the Birds

Date: Thursday 27th June

Venue: Mundon Church

Cost: £15.00

Blondel is a trio of musicians playing reconstructions of instruments from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries. The natural world, and birds in particular, provided a wealth of imagery and allegory for medieval and renaissance musicians, poets and artists. They provided a convenient cipher through which human dramas could be played out at a safe remove, and also served to illustrate the harmony of nature, in contrast to human suffering. Imitation birdsong was also a popular medium through which human musicians could display their virtuosity. This concert reflects both the perfection of nature and the artistry of humans in imitating it.

The Debate

Date: Friday 28th June

Venue: St Mary's Church

Cost: £10.00

John Whittingdale & Andrew Andonis
Brexit seems to have been going on for decades. This is an opportunity to hear Lord Adonis, a passionate supporter of the remaining in the EU in debate with Maldon MP, John Whittingdale; equally passionate in his support for leaving the EU. It promises to be a very lively evening indeed!

Concert For Kieran

Date: Saturday 29th June

Venue: St Mary's Church


Kieran Sampson was one the founders of the Maldon Festival and did all the hard work behind the scenes. In February this year he died suddenly and unexpectedly. This concert will be a pot pourri given by friends from across the professional music world. It will also feature the Choir of St Mary’s, Maldon, of which Kieran was a founder member.

Folk Night

Date: Tuesday 2nd July


Cost: £20.00

Featuring local folk group, Shurig this is an opportunity to connect with Maldens rich folk music heritage

Senagalese Drumming Workshop

Date: Wednesday 3rd July - 8pm

Venue: The Octagon at St Mary’s

Cost: £5

A workshop led by Modouo – An opportunity to learn about Senagalese Drumming and try it out yourself! 

Joe Stilgoe Performs

Date: Thursday 4th July

Venue: Tai Chi Hall

Cost: £25.00

Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter with a rich musical heritage (his father is lyricist and entertainer Richard; his mother the opera singer Annabel Hunt). His live shows are a mixture of virtuosic musicianship and breathtaking theatricality, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits. Joe has toured all around the world with his band and as a solo act, having appeared in jazz clubs from New York to Berlin to Kuala Lumpur, including sell-out runs at legendary London venue Ronnie Scott’s. He has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Lahti Symphony, and the RTE Orchestra in Dublin.

Tryptych Animal Passions

Date: Friday 5th July

Venue: St Mary’s

Cost: £15.00

Christopher Weston, piano, Jeffery Wilson, saxophone and Colin Baldy, baritone present Animal Passions.
An entertaining and eclectic programme of music with links to the animal kingdom; from The Flight of the Bumblebee to Gershwin’s Walking the Dog.

Bristol Ensemble: Haydn Animal Paris Symphonies

Date: Saturday 6th July

Venue: Marquee Prom Park

Cost: £20.00

Describing themselves as Bristol’s only fully professional chamber orchestra, they were a huge hit at the 2018 Festival. So Maldon is delighted to be welcoming them back for a programme to include Haydn’s animal Paris symphonies.

St Mary's Morning Service and Blessing of the Animals & Festival Choral Evensong

Date: Sunday 7th July
10am - Morning Service and Blessing of the Animals
6pm - Festival Choral Evensong

Venue: St Mary’s

Cost: FREE