St Edmund’s School enjoys a strong reputation in the arts, and since 2017 has been proud to present an annual public festival.
The Festival on the Hill is planned and delivered with a clear and single aim: to celebrate the fantastic talents of young people by bringing to Canterbury an event as new and fresh as it is creative, and with a line-up of world-class artists.
With Ivor Novello award winning composer/saxophonist John Harle as its patron, the Festival has welcomed globally-successful recording artist Curtis Stigers to its stage, and from the classical music world Freddy Kempf, Tasmin Little and saxophone sensation Jess Gillam. All have all played to sell out audiences.
The star of BBC TV ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ Keith Brymer-Jones has held a workshop and former Canterbury Laureate Dan Simpson penned ‘Festival on the Hill’ for our inaugural Festival.
Set in the beautiful school grounds with performances in the theatre and the splendid Festival marquee, the event welcomes audiences from the school community, Canterbury and beyond to enjoy seven days of music, art, drama and much more.