Canterbury Orchestra Music in Kent

Future Concerts by The Canterbury Orchestra

PLANS FOR 2015

All concerts at 7.30pm in the Colyer-Fergusson Hall
University of Kent 

Spring Concert: Romantic Masterpieces
Saturday 28th March

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Overture
Grieg: Piano Concerto (soloist Vidas Vaitkevicius)
Borodin Symphony No.2

 

Summer Concert: Into the 19th Century
Saturday 27th June

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture 
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (soloist Amanda Wyatt)
Beethoven: Symphony No.1

Winter Concert: Works from the 20th Century

Saturday 28th November

Shostakovitch Gadfly Suite
Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5

 

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

The Romantics

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

Tickets £12 full and £5 students and children available from the Gulbenkian Box Office 


 This year’s Spring Concert features three powerful and well-loved pieces from the Romantic period presented in the traditional format of overture, concerto and symphony; all of the pieces were composed over a 10 year period around 1870 and all have made a lasting mark on western music.  The programme begins with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet which, though styled an ‘Overture-Fantasy’ by the composer, has many of the characteristics of a symphonic poem with different themes representing the lovers and the warring Montagues and Capulets.  This is followed by Grieg’s famous A minor Piano Concerto, which has an interesting link to our previous concert; Grieg was greatly influenced by hearing Schumann’s piano concerto, performed by Clara Schumann and the two works are often compared.  It is one Griegs most important early works and one of his most popular, making considerable use of Norwegian folk material.  Borodin’s B Minor Symphony also has elements of the prevailing ‘nationalism’ in art music of the period using Russian folk themes and representing important cultural events.  The symphony took several years to write given the composers day job as a Professor of Chemistry at St Petersburg , and the interpolation of the writing of Prince Igor and Mlada -- both of which are echoed in passages of the Symphony.

 

 

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.