The Etchingham Music Festival was started in 1987 with a programme of formal and informal afternoon promenade concerts over a weekend.

In the spirit of revitalisation in 2001 the Festival was developed to eight days to include concerts featuring modern and classical music with a bias towards young people, new artists and composers.

Previous years had seen performances by Peter Katin, Katherine Fuge, Richard Evans, Madeline Pierard, Adam Miller, Brass 10, The Bloomsbury Quartet, Mediva, The Primevera Chamber Orchestra and students from various music colleges.

In recent years four new works have been commissioned, some created during workshops with the artists leading the venture and with pupils from local schools.

Over the years the Festival has been awarded grants and supported by: Rother District Council, Etchingham Parish Council and the Friends of Mayfield Music Festival, as well as the Arts Council – England. Every year the local community and friends of Etchingham Music Festival provide much needed sponsorship.