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 14th MAY, COLYER-FERGUSSON HALL, UNIVERSITY OF KENT
TICKETS £15 FULL AND £7.50 STUDENTS AND CHILDREN AVAILABLE FROM THE GULBENKIAN BOX OFFICE on 01227 769075 or ONLINE
Penelope Martin-Smith soprano
Greg Tassell tenor
Ben Bevan bass
with Sittingbourne Orpheus and Bearsted Choral Societies
A performance of Haydn’s brilliant oratorio inspired by Handel’s revival of the genre. The Creation, first performed in 1799, draws its text from the Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost . Parts 1 and 2 depict the six days of creation, whilst part 3 relates to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The music is colourful, dramatic and descriptive and has delighted audiences the world over for more than two hundred years.