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Tony Coe

World-famous clarinettist, Tony Coe, joins with The Canterbury Orchestra and Thanet-based Cantate Chamber Choir to present a musical portrait of Canterbury.World-famous clarinettist, Tony Coe, joined with The Canterbury Orchestra and Thanet-based Cantate Chamber Choir to present a musical portrait of Canterbury in this year’s Festival. The concert, Canterbury – A Portrait in Music, was held on Saturday 20 October in the Shirley Hall of The King’s School at 3.30pm, featured the work of four modern composers with Kentish connections. A spokesperson for The Canterbury Orchestra said: ‘This concert represents a remarkable innovation for our Orchestra and anyone who thinks that modern music does not have memorable tunes and evocative and atmospheric qualities is in for a wonderful surprise.’

Tony (Anthony George) Coe. British saxophonist (mainly tenor), clarinetist, bass clarinetist, bandleader, composer. Born Canterbury, Kent, November 29, 1934.

The musician of tomorrow will face a continuously growing jazz tradition that since its beginnings has constantly taken up elements from various forms of world music. This situation calls for wide-ranging players, for a combination of the performing and creative artist who is able to enter into the spirit of a great variety of idioms without losing any part of her or his own creativeness. Tony Coe is a distinguished example of such an artist. His playing reflects extreme instrumental skill, exceptional stylistic many-sidedness, and profound musical originality. He is almost unrivalled as far as versatility is concerned. And his career personifies a sizable part of jazz history. With the passing of time he has extended his horizons considerably, adding to the more traditional areas of jazz a variety of modern musical idioms including totally free improvisation as well as classical and contemporary art music.

Summer Concert: Drumroll into the 19th Century

7.30pm, Saturday 6th July 2019, Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Schumann: Overture, Scherzo & Finale

Hummel: Trumpet Concerto (soloist: Jamie Phillips)

Haydn: Symphony no.103 in Eb

Tickets full £15 & students & children £8

Canterbury Orchestra’s summer concert explores elements of the transition from Classicism to Romanticism in the then Austro-German empire centred around the vibrant musical hub of Vienna.  Haydn’s “Drumroll” symphony, written in London before his return to Vienna, provides an example of his late classical symphonies; Hummel, a protege of Haydn, gives us the first modern trumpet concerto and from Leipzig we hear one of Schumann’s early flirtations with the symphony.

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.