The Ashwell Music Festival which takes place mainly in Ashwell Parish Church, a Grade One listed building from the 14th and 15th centuries, was started by Canon Jack Catterick in 1953. Since that time the Festival has grown from the original conception of a summer school for young people, to invoke professional musicians, some with national and indeed international reputations.
We believe that we offer unbelievable value for money, making available performance of a high standard on your doorstop without the aggravation and cost of travelling into London, as well as paying London prices.
St.Mary’s Church Choir plays a major part in the Festival via the Festal Evensong, at the close of the event and via Sung Compline, performed by the male members of the Choir.
We also offering one concert free, relying on your generosity to cover costs. The Young Musicians concert features young people from local schools, maintains Jack Catterick’s original aim.
Any profits that are made will be used to fund and expand Festivals in future years. Income is also put towards the Restoration fund for the St. Mary’s church, to ensure that we have a beautiful building in which to maintain all the traditions that are central to its life in the village.