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We are privileged to use two historic and wonderful churches as our main festival venues. Built for worship rather than concerts, please be aware that some seats may have a restricted view of the stage due to pillars or the quirks of the buildings. Also, pews and chairs can be hard: you are welcome to bring a cushion.
All concerts except for the Friday evening concert take place in the Grade 1 listed Church of St Peter and St Paul in Peasmarsh, near Rye, East Sussex. Seating just over 200 on three sides of the stage in front of the organ, it offers an intimate and distinctive experience. With the audience closer to the musicians than in a conventional concert hall, its atmosphere is unmatched for both listener and performer.
Concert 2 on the Friday evening is the only concert that takes place in Rye’s 12th century church, which dominates the old town from its hilltop location. Seating approximately 350, using the main nave and side aisles with the stage just in front of the tower, it is the venue for the Festival’s orchestral concert.
We have created a document that you can print containing directions to both venues and information on local taxis services.