Telegraph Hill Festival 2014: Classics on the Hill

Our Aim

To build and sustain a strong sense of community by ensuring that all members of our community are involved in and engaged by the festival

Telegraph Hill Festival is run on a voluntary basis.   No one involved with the Festival is paid.   This voluntary ethos extends to all the performers and creatives involved in all aspects of the Festival.   We try to ensure that there is a mix of free and paid for events to ensure that everyone can participate.


How we operate

Telegraph Hill Festival is a sub committee of St Catherine’s Parochial Church Council.   The Festival was set up in the mid 1990s by members of the local community and a previous Vicar of St Catherine’s Church.

St Catherine’s Church and Telegraph Hill Centre are the primary sponsors of Telegraph Hill Festival, giving us space free of charge well ahead of the Festival – in the Centre’s case foregoing the rental income it needs to survive – and going the extra mile to accomodate us and ensure that we have everything we need. We couldn’t do it without them.

The festival is run by a voluntary committee, is self-funding and operates on not-for-profit principles.   The voluntary ethos extends to everyone involved with the Festival from event organisers to performers.   Revenues from ticket sales and bar takings as well as donations are ploughed back into the Festival to ensure a contingency, this allows us to produce the next year’s Festival.  

The Festival provides an umbrella for event organisers. Responsibility for event content, promotion and emphasis remains with individual organisers.

Who we are

The Festival is organised by the Festival Group which is open to everyone. For 2018 the core team consists of Sanjit Chudha, India Lovett, Tamsin Bacchus, Sarah Willerton, Gill Holmes, Mark Martynski, Rima Bray, and Katherine Brewood-Wyatt.   Mary McInerney works with us to co-ordinate involvement by users of Telegraph Hill Centre; Gill Roth also works with us to organise the Open Studio weekend.


We are very grateful to all of the local venues who work with us to accommodate so many events and put up with having their own activities disrupted,especially St Catherine’s Church, and the Telegraph Hill Centre who give so much space and time free of charge to us.   Likewise, thanks are due to Hill Station Cafe and the team there, and the many other venues we hold events within.

We would also like to thank our sponsors without whom we would not be able to stage the Festival.   Special thanks are due to Goldsmiths who have worked with us since 2015 to design the programme.

Finally, huge thanks to all the volunteers who make the Festival possible: the organisers of individual events and performers, bar staff, box office and stewards, programme distributers, prop-makers, and technicians – all volunteers.

The photographs and videos on the website are also taken by volunteers, including Sophie Stanes, Jay Alix, and John Chase and we would like to extend our thanks to them too.

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Programme Cover design by Design Communications, Goldsmiths
Map design courtsey of Goldsmiths
The Telegraph Hill Festival bag is designed by Myah Chun-Grierson

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The Festival simply provides an umbrella for event organisers. Responsibility for event content, promotion and emphasis remains with individual organisers. The programme is prepared in good faith by the Festival Group. Some events may change or be cancelled due to circumstances outside our control.

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