St Edward's Music and Arts Centre hosts several series of concerts each year. These are mainly performances by local professional musicians, some well established, and some young musicians starting out in their careers. Most of the concerts are organised about a year in advance, but musicians who are interested in taking part are encouraged to contact us - there are sometimes cancellations that need to be replaced at relatively short notice. For our audiences these concerts provide a great opportunity to hear live music performed to a high standard on a regular basis at a fraction of the cost of commercial venues.
Once a month, usually on the third Saturday morning, there is a "Coffee Concert" at 11am - about 45-60 minutes performance followed by an opportunity to meet the musicians with light refreshments. With a month off in August each year, this series has run continuously since February 2010. The series is organised by Jayne Thomas.
In the period March-June there are monthly concerts on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm followed by an opportunity to meet the musicians with light refreshments. The series is organised by Jayne Thomas.
On four Sundays in the year, roughly at 3 monthly intervals, there are Piano Recitals at 3pm followed by an opportunity to meet the musicians with light refreshments. The series is organised by Jayne Thomas.
For four Saturdays each year there are Jazz Concerts at 11am, following the same format as the Coffee Concerts. The Jazz Month is organised by Jayne Thomas.
St Edward's Music & Arts Festival
For about a fortnight around the Feast Day of St Edward (13th October) there has been an Annual Music and Arts Festival at St Edward's Church since 1990. While some of the concerts are by professional musicians, this is also an opportunity for local amateurs, choirs, bands and ensembles to perform to a "sympathetic" audience.