Canterbury Orchestra Music in Kent

Canterbury - A Portrait in Music

World-famous clarinettist, Tony Coe, joins with The Canterbury Orchestra and Thanet-based Cantate Chamber Choir to present a musical portrait of Canterbury in this year’s Festival. The concert, which will be held on Saturday 20 October in the Shirley Hall of The King’s School at 3.30pm,will feature 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.’

The programme includes Sinfonietta by Canterbury composer Alan Ridout: a piece specially written for the orchestra. This will be followed by The Canterbury Psalms by the internationally-renowned Paul Patterson, one time Composer-in-Residence at The King’s School. A recent work by Thanet composer, John Myhill, is entitled Murder in the Cathedral and has Tony Coe, widely recognised as one of the greatest living clarinettists in Jazz and Classical idioms, as its soloist.

The concert is conducted by Michael Lewis who lives near Canterbury and is well known as an organist, conductor and composer. It is his new work, Stour Reflections that has its premier at this remarkable event and has already intrigued and delighted the Orchestra and Choir. Drawing on a variety of texts concerning the River Stour, the Work provides a unique performance opportunity for the Cantate Chamber Choir under its musical director, Edward Greenhalgh and for the Orchestra which has been established for more than fifty years.

Next Concert

Saturday October 3rd 2009

Charity Concert - Kings Hall, Herne Bay

Following the success of a similar event last year the Orchestra will contribute a programme of English light music by composers such as Malcolm Arnold, Eric Coates and Benjamin Britten to a concert sponsored by Herne Bay Rotary Club.

Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?

If you would like to play the major symphonic repertoire, call Canterbury's Orchestral Manager on 01304 812755 or email us.

Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?

If you would like to play the major symphonic repertoire, call Canterbury's Orchestral Manager on 01304 812755 or email us.