Annual Festival

The Stanford Festival Weekend 2017

Canterbury, England
November 3rd to 5th

**For those attending the Walking tour of Canterbury, please meet at the Cathedral Gate/Buttermarket at 2:30.**

**Tickets can be collected from our chairman at the Walking tour of Canterbury or if attendees are not coming to this, they can be collected at the cathedral at Friday evening’s concert or from our chairman on Saturday morning.**

The Stanford Society’s eleventh annual Festival Weekend will be held in Canterbury, England from November 3rd to 5th, 2017. This will be part of the annual Canterbury Festival. This Weekend will include a walking tour of Canterbury, services and a concert in the Cathedral, a chamber recital by the Dante Quartet, a concert of English choral music presented by the Dutch Toonkunstkoor choir from Leiden in the Netherlands and talks by Stanford scholars.

November 2017 Stanford Festival Weekend – Canterbury, Kent

Friday November 3rd

2.30pm –  4.00pm                                  Walking tour of Canterbury

4.00pm –  5.00pm                                  Tea

5.30pm – 6.15pm                                   Evensong – Cathedral

8.00pm -10.00pm                                  Stanford Concert – Cathedral

Saturday November 4th

10.00am – 11.00am                              Talk – Stanford and Vaughan Williams – Professor Jeremy Dibble

11.15pm –  12.15pm                              Talk – Stanford’s Response to the First World War – Dr. Adele Commins

12.15pm –  1.30pm                                Lunch

1.30pm –    3.00pm                               Violin Recital – Madeleine Mitchell (Professor of Violin -RCM)

3.00pm –    3.30pm                               Tea

3.30pm –    5.00pm                               Choral  Concert-Toonkunstkoor – Choir from Leiden in the Netherlands

5.30pm –    6.15pm                                Evensong

6.45pm –    7.15pm                                Pre-concert talk – Professor Dibble

7.30pm –  10.00pm                              Canterbury Choral Society Concert – Canterbury Cathedral

Sunday November 5th

11.00am – 12.30pm                             Morning Service- Cathedral

12.30pm –    2.00pm                            Lunch

2.00pm –    4.00pm                             String Quartet Recital – The Dante Quartet

4.00pm –     5.00pm                             Tea and Farewells

These events are also part of the 2017 Canterbury Arts Festival

To reserve tickets at the special Stanford Society pricing for the best available seating from the Society’s ticket allocation, please email your ticket requests to John Kennedy the Stanford Society Treasurer at by October 12th, 2017.  He will advise on payment methods available.

For general questions on the 2017 Canterbury Festival Weekend please contact the Stanford Society’s Secretary Dan Wilkinson at

Further details of the Stanford Society can be found on the Canterbury Festival website.


For the Festival Weekend, The Society has secured a block of rooms at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Hotel which is a ten-year-old hotel in the precincts of the Cathedral. This is within a ten-minute walk from all the events of the Weekend.

The rooms available are:

Double or twin – UK Pounds 129 a night including VAT and breakfast

Single occupancy – UK Pounds 119 a night including VAT and breakfast

Single rooms – Two small single rooms are available at UK Pounds 92 a night including VAT and breakfast.

These rates are available up until August 1st, 2017 although early booking is advised as we anticipate selling out of the reserved block of rooms. These rates will also be honoured for two or three days before and after the Festival Weekend. There is limited free parking close to the Hotel but paid parking is available.

To make a reservation at these rates, please contact the hotel directly at 01227 865350 and ask for the special Stanford Society Weekend rate. There are several other hotels close to Canterbury Cathedral. The Abode is highly recommended as an alternative.

For more information about the Stanford Society, and the 2017 Festival Weekend and to reserve one of the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Hotel rooms, please contact the Society’s Honorary Secretary, Daniel Wilkinson. He may be reached at: