The Orchestra


Canterbury Orchestra is a community orchestra, founded in 1953. We typically performs 3 concerts per year, at Colyer-Fergusson Hall at the University of Kent.  Our members range from  professional musicians to capable amateurs, enjoying musical performance with a passion.

You can use our website for buying tickets, exploring our history and future plans, and keeping up with the Orchestra's activities, We welcome your feedback –  contact us at

Peter Smith 
Chairman of Canterbury Orchestra

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We're always on the look out for upper strings and brass players, and have occasional woodwind vacancies.  Contact the Orchestra Manager to enquire about vacancies: .

We rehearse every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm, at St Stephen's School, Hales Drive, Canterbury CT2 7AD.

Current membership: 64

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Forthcoming concerts

  • Disparate Pictures

    Disparate Pictures

    Sun, 10 Mar 2024
    From Georgian London to modern-day Ukraine, from the Austrian Alps to the British night sky, the Canterbury Orchestra perform a quartet of pieces that celebrate landscapes, portray places, and ... more
  • Mendelssohn & Mendelssohn

    Mendelssohn & Mendelssohn

    Sun, 30 Jun 2024
    The Canterbury Orchestra conclude their season with a celebration of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. Featuring their leader, Floriane Peycelon as the soloist, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is at the centre of ... more
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