Saturday 8th July


A Walk by Gregory Holyoake

2.00pm – 4.00pm

During the French Wars, smuggling was at its peak.  Taxes were raised on luxury goods - tea, tobacco, alcohol and fabrics - to pay for the expense of warfare.  Deal - just 21 miles from the Continent - became the very centre of smuggling in Britain.  Everyone in this historic port was involved in contraband from the boatmen, who were the actual carriers, to the magistrates, who funded their illicit activities.  Little wonder then that Pitt`s government invested more money and resources than anywhere else in stamping out this lucrative `midnight trade’.


A two-hour brisk stroll starting at the entrance to Deal Pier and finishing at St George’s Church Hall for refreshments.


Limited Availability – Tickets £7.00

Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or online

Alternatively please click here to download a printable postal booking form.



Joseph Middleton (piano)

7.30pm St George’s Church, Deal

Deal Festival is very proud to welcome Dame Sarah Connolly CBE, one of the world’s foremost singers who is in constant demand on the international stage.  Her recital includes seminal masterworks by Schumann (Frauenliebe und Leben) and Mahler (Rückert Lieder), as well as Poulenc’s Banalites. Copland’s Emily Dickinson Songs, and The History of the Dansant by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (former President of Deal Festival)


Ticket Prices: Full £24.00  Festival Friends £22.00  Students £12.00

Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or online

Alternatively please click here to download a printable postal booking form.


Dame Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a fellow.  She was made CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List; in 2011 she was presented with the Distinguished Musician Award by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and she was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.


Renowned as one of the superlative singers of her generation, highlights in her 2016/17 season include Geschwitz Lulu (English National Opera) and Gertrude in the world premiere of Brett Dean's Hamlet (Glyndebourne Festival).  On the concert platform she performs Fricka Das Rheingold (Boston Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Hamburg Symphoniker/Tate); Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 (LPO/ Jurowski) and Das Lied von der Erde (Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Haitink).  She gives the opening recital of the Wigmore Hall's 2016/17 season with Malcolm Martineau; and as well as recitals in Madrid and Amsterdam with Julius Drake; in Schwarzenberg with Graham Johnson and in Atlanta, San Francisco and New York with Joseph Middleton.


She is especially regarded for the roles of Octavian, Komponist, Didon, Mozart’s Sesto, Brangaene, Fricka and Handel’s Ariodante, Serse Ruggiero and Giulio Cesare and highlights of her operatic career include performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; the Bayerische Staatsoper; Paris Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Bayreuth, Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne Festivals.


Concert appearances include the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and at the BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a memorable guest soloist at the Last Night.  Much in demand with the world’s great orchestras she is closely associated with conductors such as Bolton, Chailly, Colin Davis, Andrew Davis, Elder, Harding, Herreweghe, Jurowski, Nézet-Séguin and Rattle.


Twice nominated for a Grammy Award, she has recorded prolifically.


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