Most towns and cities have an amateur symphony orchestra, and it often becomes the focal point of music making in the area. Canterbury is no exception, though with such a wealth of activity in the arts here, sometimes this city’s own orchestra struggles to be heard. Yet the Canterbury Orchestra has survived for half a century fulfilling its founders’ aims of giving talented amateurs the opportunity to prepare and play - to a hopefully appreciative audience - not just the masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire but some lighter music as well. The players are drawn from all walks of life and all age groups: they are united in the sheer enjoyment of making music together.
The orchestra is affiliated to Making Music and supported by the Canterbury Arts Council, members' subscriptions, concert revenue, sponsors, patrons and friends.
Chairman of Canterbury Orchestra
The Canterbury Orchestra
7.30pm Saturday 24th November 2018, Colyer-Fergusson Hall
Mozart: Magic Flute Overture
Dvorak: Cello Concerto (soloist Laura MacDonald)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Andrew Lowen; Conductor
Amanda Wyatt; Leader
Canterbury Orchestra’s Winter Concert presents three of the mainstays of the orchestral repertoire that are firmly lodged in the hearts and minds of concertgoers everywhere, opening with Mozart’s sparkling orchestration of themes from his opera, followed by Dvorak’s soulful and moving work for cello and orchestra and concluding with Beethoven’s turbulent fifth symphony.