Canterbury Orchestra

John Myhill

John Myhill was the previous Conductor of the Canterbury Orchestra and is well established in East Kent as a performer, composer and musical director.John Myhill was the previous Conductor of the Canterbury Orchestra and is well established in East Kent as a performer, composer and musical director.

His activities range from playing guitar and piano in jazz clubs, to playing violin and viola for concerts and in orchestra pits for shows and operas, to be musical director for various companies and conducting major orchestral works with the Canterbury Orchestra.

His works have been published, broadcast and performed in major venues in Britain and abroad. His Requiem for and Airman was performed to mark the closure of RAF Manston and the Canterbury Orchestra gave the first performance of his Concertino for Wind in Broadstairs.

John Myhill's concerto for Bass Guitar and Strings recieved it's first performance in the Adrian Boult Hall of the Birmingham Conservatoire in April 2004, and his setting of Psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd, was premiered in Canterbury Cathedral in May 2004 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary concert of the Canterbury Orchestra. In Christmas 2005, there was the first performance of his Oboe Concerto, again with the Canterbury Orchestra, in Folkestone.

His piece for Jazz clarinet and orchestra, Murder in the Cathedral, was performed as part of the 2007 Canterbruy Music Festival at the Shirley Hall with Tony Coe playing Clarinet.

Next Concert

Russian Fairytales

Sat 6th May, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

with Whitstable Dance

Tickets at £15 and £8 available from the Gulbenkian Box Office

Our Spring Concert introduces a collaboration with Whitstable Dance which will allow local young people to share the pleasure of performance with the Orchestra in a presentation of music and dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker. The programme will focus on Act ii of the ballet in which the heroine, Clara, travels with the Prince (an erstwhile nutcracker) to the Land of Sweets where they are entertained. The Nutcracker is one of the Tchaikovsky's most popular compositions. The music contains some of his most memorable melodies including the Trepak and the famous Waltz of the Flowers and March, as well as the ubiquitous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet contains surprisingly advanced harmonies and a wealth of melodic invention. The atmosphere of magic and mystery is sustained by a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite Scheherazade, inspired by the tale of The Arabian Nights in which the Sultan’s wife deflects her imminent execution through skilful storytelling and eventually wins her reprieve. Like The Nutcracker, the music is adventurous and delightfully orchestrated.



Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?

If you would like the opportunity to play interesting music in a variety of styles and including some of the major symphonic repertoire, call Canterbury's Orchestra Manager Nicky Pound on 01304 812755 or email us.