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


Sat 25th November 2017, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets available from the Gulbenkian Box Office at £15 and £8 for students and children

Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (soloist Christopher Weston, piano)

Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Andrew Lowen conductor

Our final concert of the year carries forward the focus of the Spring Concert on music from the great Russian Romantic composers, beginning  with the overture from Glinka’s second opera, a rumbustious piece said to have been inspired by the clatter of cutlery at a court wedding! We are delighted to welcome back Christopher Weston to play Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, a concertante work for solo piano and orchestra comprising 24 variations on the last of Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin. The concluding work will be Moussorgsky’s Picture at an Exhibition, inspired by the paintings of his friend Victor Hartmann.

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.