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.
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.