Canterbury Orchestra

Future Concerts by The Canterbury Orchestra

Winter Concert 2015

Saturday 28th November, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent

Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers
Beethoven: Emperor Piano Concerto
Schubert: Symphony No.8 Unfinished


Spring Concert 2016: The Creation

Saturday 14th May, Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Collaborative programme with Sittingbourne Orpheus and Bearsted Choral Societies in a performance of Haydn’s Creation


Summer Concert 2016: Showtime

Saturday 25th June, venue tba. Music from the golden age of broadway musicals, including: The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, The King and I, and Porgy and Bess.  With plenty of audience participation in singalong numbers.



If you are interested in a collaborative venture with the Orchestra, or in putting on a concert in support of a charity please contact Stephen Thomas (Chairman) on 01227 451974 or Anthea Cook (Secretary) on 01227 751196.

Next Concert

7:30pm Saturday 28th November, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent

Tickets £12.50 full and £6 students and children available from the Gulbenkian Box Office 


This year's winter concert begins with a sparkling musical aperitif in the form of Rossini’s popular overture to the opera ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’.  The Overture follows the story of the Opera with its dramas and romances, spreading snatches of the main themes from the arias between the sections of the orchestra and generating an enlivening beginning to the Concert.  This is followed by the splendid Emperor Piano Concerto from the end of what is considered Beethoven’s heroic period, written in Vienna in 1809 whilst the city was under fire from the cannons of Napoleon. The music is predictably powerful and stirring, with Beethoven exploring new approaches to the genre and testing the technique of the soloist; the concerto will be performed by pianist  Christopher Weston. The climax of the concert is Schubert’s wonderful Unfinished Symphony, something of a reinvention of the genre after the recent masterpieces of Beethoven's 7th and 8th, premiered in 1813 and 1814 in Vienna.  After a couple of false starts, Schubert was ready to attempt in the symphony what he already done in his songs and chamber music. Instead of trying to take Beethoven on at his own game Schubert found  a way of shaping time and tonality that no other symphonic composer up to this point had managed.  



Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?

Call Nicky Pound, Canterbury Orchestra Manager on 01304 812755 or email us to find out whether we have vacancies.